Thursday 30 March 2017

Letters: Israel has a moral obligation to protect the innocent

A girl looks through the window of a minibus as her family prepares to leave the Beit Hanoun neighbourhood in Gaza City
A girl looks through the window of a minibus as her family prepares to leave the Beit Hanoun neighbourhood in Gaza City

Readers' letters

Desmond FitzGerald naively asks why there are no demands for the Egyptian ambassador to be expelled, and why there are no marches to the Egyptian Embassy in relation to the harsh siege imposed on Gaza (Letters, Irish Independent, August 14).

The answer is straightforward: First, Israel remains the major occupying power in the occupied Palestinian territories, and is bound to abide by the fourth Geneva Convention, international humanitarian law and the rules of human rights law. Second, Israel prides itself on being the only democratic state in the Middle East, an oasis of freedom, justice and peace where all citizens can enjoy social and political equality.

Third, Israel claims to be the gem that was born out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

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