James Grundy MP: Horrific crimes must not be tolerated
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The world has borne witness to some of the most horrific war crimes of past decades – indiscriminate murder and torture of civilians including babies and the elderly.
Some have been burned alive and there have been reports of beheadings.
Such violations of the Geneva Convention must not be tolerated by any nation that values democracy and the sanctity of life.
As a result, hundreds have been taken hostage – with 17 British citizens feared dead or missing.
Hamas is a genocidal, homophobic, misogynistic, terror organisation committed through its founding charter to the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.
It is rightly proscribed as a terror group in the UK. This Iranian-backed group fundamentally opposes peace and harms the Palestinian people by deliberately installing military infrastructure within and near civilian buildings, using its civilians as human shields.
In 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in the hope of securing peace with the Palestinians. Substantial amounts of aid has been directed by the UK and the international community.
Sadly, instead of focusing on infrastructure and the economy – Hamas has pumped millions into armaments, and its terror apparatus, at the expense of the Palestinian population. Hamas recently released footage of EU funded water pipelines being dug up to turn them into rockets.
Recognising this, Israel has supplied the Strip with electricity and water for over a decade – in the absence of Hamas initiatives to establish independent facilities.
Discussions with leaders across the globe have also been ongoing, as the UK Government works to ensure that the world speaks with one voice in opposition to these brutal attacks.
The Prime Minister has already issued a joint statement with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and the United States, to express the UK’s coordinated and united support for Israel with these allies, and ultimately, a joint commitment to setting the conditions for a peaceful and integrated Middle East.