UK’s Cameron defends 2014 Israeli war on Gaza

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
British Prime Minister David Cameron with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the British capital, London (file photo)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the Israeli regime’s 2014 military aggression against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Cameron said in an interview with the UK-based Jewish Chronicle on Tuesday that Tel Aviv had a right to “defend” itself when it began its war on Gaza last July.

Israel started airstrikes against the besieged Palestinian territory in early July 2014 and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion. The war ended in late August that year.

Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day onslaught and over 11,100 others, including nearly 3,380 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were injured. Tens of Israelis were also killed during the war.

Cameron said it was “important to speak out” about standing by Israeli.

The British prime minister’s remarks are his latest ones in showing support for the Israeli regime.

Cameron’s support for the Israeli war on Gaza last summer resulted in the resignation of Britain’s then Foreign Office Minister. Sayeeda Warsi. Warsi stepped down in August 2014 over Cameron’s “morally indefensible” failure to condemn the sufferings in Gaza.

Numerous rights groups and NGOs have also condemned the 2014 Israeli war.

Last month, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) declared month in a report that Israel perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity during its devastating military onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip in July-August 2014.

Furthermore, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat announced on March 30 that the International Criminal Court (ICC) had started investigating war crimes committed by Israel during the war on Gaza.

The Palestinian Authority formally became a member of the ICC on April 1, which enables Palestinians to sue Israeli officials for war crimes.


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