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Gaza blockade part of Israel’s genocidal campaign: Activist

This file photo shows a girl transporting jerrycans filled with water in the town of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Four Palestinian human rights groups have urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch a probe into Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has denied two million Palestinians their fundamental rights.

A journalist and international human rights investigator believes the long-term blockade of Gaza is part of the Israeli and US genocidal campaign against the Palestinians.

“The whole question of going to the International Criminal Court is a very interesting one, because the ICC is an interesting entity. If you look at all of the ad hoc international criminal courts that were created, for example the ICTR in Rwanda, the ICTY in [the former] Yugoslavia, these have been one-sided victor’s justice supporting the United States, Israel, Britain and our allies,” Keith Harmon Snow told Press TV in an interview on Friday.

He also stated there is some pressure on the ICC to take a more “unbiased” position in the world instead of supporting “a political economy of genocide.”

The activist went on to say the United States has committed massive war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, but it has never been tried.   

However, he said, those agents of power, military officials, or other operatives who do not serve the interests of the United States and its allies are brought before the ICC.  

Snow further argued that people have to rise up and support the Palestinian cause along with all the other major cases where there is the most “egregious” violations of human rights, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and torture committed by the United States and its allies.

According to the activist, the people in control of Israel at the highest levels are responsible for “committing genocide” in Gaza.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade has led to a dramatic decline in the standards of living as well as substantial levels of unemployment and poverty.

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