On the day MPs vote on Gaza ceasefire, here’s why Israel must be stopped

Last Updated: February 21, 2024By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

MPs were set to vote today on whether the UK should demand a ceasefire between invading Israeli military forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Some people in this country may be confused about why their MPs are doing this. Israel was attacked and has a right to defend itself and seek the return of the hostages taken on October 7 last year, doesn’t it? That’s what leaders like Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer have been parroting at us ever since, isn’t it?

Yes they have. And while Israel may be entitled to seek the return of hostages that were taken in a Hamas war crime, it did not have the right to invade Gaza and bomb the entire enclave into rubble; that is also a war crime (as an occupying power – Israel controlled all supplies of food, water and power into Gaza – it had a responsibility to look after the well-being of people there).

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It seems appropriate to remind ourselves of exactly why Israel needs to be stopped.

The invasion of Gaza is not about the return of hostages – and never was.

It was a useful excuse, but it seems clear that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu never intended to halt the slaughter of non-combatant children, women and men in Gaza once those Israeli/Jewish hostages were returned. In fact, he has now stated that his troops will invade Rafah and continue their genocide there, whether hostages are returned or not.

Sayeeda Warsi’s words on this matter are illuminating:

In fact, Israel is quite happy for its own forces to murder Israeli/Jewish hostages taken by Hamas, it seems:

The invasion of Gaza is about committing genocide against the people of Palestine.

These are all actions that Israel has taken and they are all war crimes because they contribute to genocide.

Remember: Israel never had to bomb Gaza indescriminately. Its military is capable of launching precision strikes that target individual people – but chose not to do so. For an example of such a precision strike, we need look no further than Lebanon, today (February 21):

Israeli Defence Force personnel are subjecting Palestinian women and girls to sexual assault, degradation and other human rights violations, including random executions:

Here’s a little more supporting evidence for this:

“At least two female Palestinian detainees were raped while others were ‘threatened with rape and sexual violence’ by Israeli soldiers”, along with all the other findings.

Israeli Defence Force personnel are stealing property belonging to the citizens of Gaza – presumably in the belief that the owners will never need it again, being either murdered or expelled in the genocide they are perpetrating:

This is just information I’ve picked up on the social media today (February 21). The weight of the evidence that has accumulated since October 7 last year must be enormous and I believe the International Court of Justice is to examine it in detail soon – if it has not already started.

But that is for another day. Today, it is the duty of the UK’s MPs to weight up the evidence they can see and reconcile the vote they make on the ceasefire motion with their own consciences. This Writer sincerely hopes they make the right choice.

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