Bring Hamas leadership in Gaza to trial for War Crimes
United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Mr. Ban Ki-moon United Nations
Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations, SA-1B15 New York, NY 10027 Tel. 212-963-7162, Fax. 212-963-7055
The Honorable Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
Subject: Petition to bring Hamas leadership in Gaza to trial for War Crimes
This petition serves to request action by the United Nations to bring the Hamas leadership in Gaza to trial for war crimes in accordance with Article 51, Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977, and all other applicable International Laws.
Historically, and specifically in the recent armed conflicts between Israel and Hamas, there is overwhelming and disturbing evidence of Hamas engaging in acts in violation of international human rights laws. These crimes have been committed not only towards Israel, but also towards the Palestinian people.
Some of the documented crimes include:
• Acts of terrorism perpetrated against civilians, including the deliberate firing of rockets and bombing of buses. • The use of Palestinian civilians as human shields. • The public torture, killing and desecration of Palestinian civilians accused of treason, without a proper trial. • The use of international aid money, intended for Palestinian peaceful needs, for war efforts.
Allowing such war crimes to remain unchallenged by the United Nations is unlawful, unjust to both Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and will only impede the prospect of peace and stability in the region.
We, the concerned citizens of the world, plead for a United Nations’ investigation into Hamas leadership’s war crimes with the intent of having them brought to international justice.
We ask for permission to publish your reply along with this letter. Thank you for consideration of our petition.