Response from Senator Ron Wyden regarding Gaza
[Senator Wyden's response below has only some relationship to the truth and to the sequences of events culminating in Operation Protective Edge. Read Omar Baddar's article Debunking the myths about Gaza: The truth behind Israeli and Palestinian talking points for providing a proper context rooted in actual events]
Statement: Legal experts and human rights defenders demand international community end Israel’s collective punishment of Gaza
The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip
As international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals who firmly believe in the rule of law and in the necessity for its respect in times of peace and more so in times of war, we feel the intellectual and moral duty to denounce the grave violations, mystification and disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental human rights of the entire Palestinian population committed during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. We also condemn the launch of rockets from the Gaza Strip, as every indiscriminate attack against civilians, regardless of the identity of the perpetrators, is not only illegal under international law but also morally intolerable. However, as also implicitly noted by the UN Human Rights Council in its Resolution of the 23th July 2014, the two parties to the conflict cannot be considered equal, and their actions – once again – appear to be of incomparable magnitude.
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