Trump and Ne­tanyawu must an­swer for the mas­sacre of Pales­tini­ans

Sowetan - - Opinion -

The killing of about 60 un­armed Pales­tini­ans by Is­raeli sol­ders has brought the en­tire Mid­dle East and the world over to a stand­still, with more than 2 000 pro­test­ers in­jured.

This fol­lows the an­nounce­ment by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump declar­ing Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal city of Is­rael and later mov­ing its em­bassy there.

This move by Trump is un­called for as Is­rael is a sovereign coun­try that doesn’t need a baby-sit­ter such as the US. Is­rael is well-known for its vi­o­lent re­sponse when­ever it deals with Pales­tine. Their ex­cuse that Ha­mas had sent the pro­test­ers, who in­cluded chil­dren, was ex­pected.

We can’t al­low these mas­sacres to hap­pen, which are painful re­minders of our past. As a na­tion, we must sup­port our gov­ern­ment when it takes de­ci­sive ac­tions against Is­rael, in­clud­ing re­call­ing its am­bas­sador.

The UN must also show that it cares about the peo­ple of Pales­tine. One won­ders why in­sti­tu­tions like the ICC (In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court) are quiet, as this is an act of geno­cide. This bias has caused loss of lives. Is­rael must be iso­lated by the UN. If Is­rael was in Africa, the UN would have in­ter­vened long time ago, but be­cause the friends of a su­per­power are in­volved in the whole saga, UN pre­tends as if these ac­tions are nor­mal.

Trump and [Is­raeli prime min­ster] Ben­jamin Ne­tanyawu must be brought to the ICC to an­swer for these crimes.

Tom Mh­langa, Braam­fontein

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