Gaza – Independent investigation of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) operations is needed

Chi Onwurah 

(Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab)

I hope the Minister remembers Hind Rajab, the six-year-old Palestinian girl who was trapped in a car with nothing but a mobile phone and her own cries for help while the paramedics were struggling to get to her. They and Hind were killed that day. An IDF investigation concluded that its forces were not present within firing range of the vehicle. A subsequent  Washington Post investigation disagreed.

I raise that case not only to remember Hind but because whenever the Israel Defence Force’s actions result in increased civilian suffering or reduced humanitarian aid—as in the killing of aid workers—the Government’s response is to call on Israel to investigate itself. Is that really the only way to ensure accountability and reduce suffering?

HANSARD: 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2024-04-17/debates/65D2C3D1-F094-4D2C-A6A2-267BAA710BE2/HumanitarianSituationInGaza#contribution-47763692-9347-40D7-AEE6-5058D7379E25 

 

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