The National Directorate of Public Prosecutions to investigate alleged war crimes
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
The Media Review Ntework (MRN) welcomes the decision by the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions together with its Priority Crimes Litigation Unit and in consultation with the South African Police Services to investigate alleged war crimes committed against a South African Citizen, Gadijha Davids, of Cape Town. These allegations were committed during the Israeli Defence Force’s attack on a flotilla of Humanitarian Aid Ships in the Mediterranean in May 2010.
The Mavi Marmara was one of the ships in the flotilla. Gadijah Davids was on board the Mavi Marmara, when it came under attack. Nine Turkish Citizens were killed and scores injured. The flotilla was arrested and taken to the Port of Ashdod, in occupied Palestine. Davids was handcuffed, left to sit in the sun for hours, incarcerated, robbed of her possessions, denied consular and family excess and finally deported to Turkey.
Israel has been accused of violating International Laws and acting with impunity and with immunity. Collective punishment is a violation of Article 33 of the Geneva Convention, deliberate attack on civilian targets on a regular basis, destruction of civil institutions such as schools, hospitals, mosques, police stations and parliament buildings and deliberate employment of disproportionate force.
The Media Review Network believes that Israeli political and military personnel including its war cabinet, who planned and executed these severe violations must face criminal prosecution. The stature and sanctity of international law will be diminished and remain under constant threat, if nations violate it with impunity.
Ibrahim Vawda – Senior Researcher, Media Review Network
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