British union leaders, lawmakers and other dignitaries are condemning the upcoming visit to the UK by the Israeli prime minister.
They say he that Netanyahu should bear responsibility for war crimes committed by Israel in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2014.
An online petition has already garnered over 100,000 signatures from people demanding his arrest over war crimes when he lands in the UK.
The international criminal court is also conducting a preliminary probe into the ‘war’ on Gaza despite opposition from Israel.
Meanwhile major security preparations are underway ahead of the Israeli Prime Ministers visit which is likely to spark protests in London.
Press TV reports: “Our prime minister should not be welcoming the man who presides over Israel’s occupation and its siege on Gaza,” the group stated in a joint letter published Monday in British daily The Guardian, further underlining that the Israeli regime created “hell” in the densely populated Palestinian enclave and that Palestinians fleeing the devastation were among the refugees that drowned in the Mediterranean this year.
The letter reiterated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due in London on Thursday, “must bear responsibility for war crimes identified by the UN human rights council in its investigation into Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza.”
According to the UN inquiry into the massive Israeli onslaught on Gaza in July and August 2014, the regime’s forces conducted 6,000 airstrikes and fired 50,000 tanks and artillery shells, killing 1,462 Palestinian civilians, a third of them children.
“While Cameron continues to impose limits on the number of refugees who can take shelter in the UK, he is willing to welcome Netanyahu to our shores… We call on him to instead impose immediate sanctions and an arms embargo on Israel until it complies with international law and ends the blockade and the occupation,” the letter further stated.
It was signed, the daily said, by the leaders of Unite, Maritime and Transport Workers, Aslef, and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association unions, Labour Party MPs Jo Stevens and Cat Smith, Scottish National Party legislator Tommy Sheppard, British film director Ken Loach, poet Benjamin Zephaniah as well as comedian Alexei Sayle.
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