Letter to Editor: Call for MP Robert Halfon to condemn “crimes against humanity” in Gaza

Politics / Wed 24th Jan 2024 at 10:13am

Dear Editor,

ANYONE with a passing acquaintance with the Geneva Conventions who has followed the news in the past three months ought to realise that the State of Israel is committing large-scale violations of international humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip. It is a disgrace that the MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, does not condemn these crimes. 

The Geneva Conventions prohibit the collective punishment of a civilian population by denying it water, food, fuel, medicines, and other means of life. The State of Israel has limited the supply of necessities to the people of the Gaza Strip for 17 years, and in the past three months has reduced supplies to that territory to the point where people are literally starving.  

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a report on 22 December 2023 in which it stated that “all children under five in the Gaza Strip – 335,000 – are at high risk of severe malnutrition and preventable death as the risk of famine conditions continues to increase.” 

UNICEF stated that by mid-December, 71,000 cases of diarrhoea were recorded among children under five, an increase of more than 4,000 per cent since the war began. 

UNICEF reported on 18 January that over 1.9 million people, nearly 85 per cent of the population of the Gaza Strip, have been displaced, including many who have been displaced multiple times, and  that the estimated 250,000 to 300,000 people still living in the north of the Gaza Strip have no access to clean water and barely any food.  

The number of civilians killed in the current war in the Gaza Strip in three months is at least forty times greater, per capita, than the number of civilians killed in the war in Ukraine in twenty-three months. More than one per cent of the population of the Gaza Strip has been killed since last October, whereas slightly less than one per cent of the population of Britain was killed in the six years of the Second World War. 

The United Kingdom supplies arms to the State of Israel, RAF aircraft have engaged in reconnaissance flights over the Gaza Strip on behalf of the Israel Defence Forces, and the British government refuses to deny that British troops have been deployed on the ground. 

In years to come, young people may ask Mr Halfon what he did when the great Gaza Strip Massacre occurred. Will he be happy to tell them that he supported it, and was in fact a member of a government complicit in the crimes against humanity inflicted upon the people living in the Gaza Strip? 

Yours sincerely 

John Wake                     

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16 Comments for Letter to Editor: Call for MP Robert Halfon to condemn “crimes against humanity” in Gaza:

Jimmy T
2024-01-24 11:15:16

Hamas release the hostages and then the war stops!

2024-01-24 12:13:01

Interesting viewpoint Mr. Wake. Who started the war? Why are hostages being held? What happens to the financial aid being sent to help? How much money is being pocketed? As pointed out by Jimmy T, the solution is available - if there is to be peace.

2024-01-24 12:22:31

The breach of international law occurred in October last year when the terrorist group, Hamas launched an unprovoked armed attack on the sovereign state of Israel killing, raping and mutilating over 1,200 defenceless civilians: Israelis and a number of other nationalities. In breach of international law, they kidnapped several hundred people who have been detained illegally as hostages. The cowardly actions of Hamas using civilians as human shields as well as schools and hospitals is expressly contrary to the Geneva Convention. Israel is exercising its right to self-defence under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations. It has a stated aim of eliminating Hamas that is a threat to Israel's peace and security. Every civilised nation is backing Israel in its struggle against barbarism. Israeli forces are not deliberately targeting Gaza's civilians. Your request is an abomination. I sincerely hope our MP and our government continue to support m the democratic state of Israel

2024-01-24 12:32:22

Interesting John Wake directs his letter only to Robert Halfon and does not request the same of Labour Parliamentary candidate, Chris Vince. The 'Official' Labour Party line is also supporting Israel. What is the Left's game here?

2024-01-24 12:49:36

John Wake wrote an almost identical Letter to the Editor in October 2023... "Letter to Editor: Robert Halfon has moral responsibility to condemn war crimes by Israel Your Say / Mon 16th Oct 2023 at 08:27am" Why is he doing it again? That letter generated zero responses. This one is clearly having more impact, although hardly supporting his eccentric and immoral request!

2024-01-24 13:15:30

Why can’t we mention Islam… ISIS,Hamas,Hezbollah,Tailban, etc etc is not being Islamophobic it’s talking the truth.

2024-01-24 13:28:59

Actually, there absolutely nothing wrong with Islamophobia. The suffix 'phobia' is the Ancient Greek for 'fear'. Fear by definition does not need to based on rationality. Fearing a religion is not a problem per se. So as Islamophobia means "fear of Islam," to indicate an enmity or hatred, then the suffix 'misia' should be used. Islamomisia means "hatred of Islam." which in itself should only be condemned if accompanied by corollary criminal acts. The use of Hamasophobia and Hamasomisia are probably both useful in this context.

Mervyn Phillips
2024-01-24 13:50:58

What could become a more serious threat to peace and economic security is the intervention by the Hamas supporting and Iranian backed Houthi terrorists in Yemen who are attacking commercial shipping in the Red Sea en route to the Suez Canal. This is a commercial lifeline for the West and Free World. At the moment the US and UK naval forces are striking these hostiles, but greater intervention might be required, to prevent escalation. Given the economic threat to the West, Gaza could become a sideshow in comparison.

2024-01-24 15:22:06

Israel has offered the Terrorist group Hamas a 2 month ceasefire with only 1 condition, Release all remaining hostages, The terrorists have rejected that, it's very clear to see who the bad guys are here,

Abu abakar
2024-01-24 17:09:44

The Quran………… "The last hour won't come before the Muslims would fight the Jews and the Muslims will kill them so Jews would hide behind rocks and trees. Then the rocks and tree would call: oh Muslim, oh servant of God! There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only "Gharkad" tree, it is of Jews' trees."

Trevor Cheltenham
2024-01-24 17:25:42

It seems religion always has a part in tragic events! Religion of peace and all that.

2024-01-24 18:35:54

Careful Trevor you don't want to be accused of being Phobic, as it's the lefts usual route to silence legitimate criticism

2024-01-24 19:47:30

Does John Wake not read YH? Robert Halfon already issued a statement back in October 2023 condemning the inhumane crimes committed by Hamas. Try to keep up!

Colin Baxter
2024-01-25 06:45:08

If you check the highly reputable 'EIU Democracy Index' you will see that Israel is the only functioning democratic state in the Middle East. All the Arab states in the region are dysfunctional, corrupt autocracies, including Palestine. Israel is on the frontline, holding the barbarians at the gates. To condemn Israel and support the Hamas terrorists is complete insanity.

2024-01-25 10:25:25

John Wake, your comments would bear more weight if you addressed them to wider participants such as Syria, Yemen,Iran and the various terrorist groups in Africa (but of course they are not Jews). As stated, Hamas could easily end the war but will not.

2024-01-25 11:33:49

John Wake, Israel has a long and proud tradition of defiance and protecting its rights: Capture of Eichmann, 6 Days War, YomKippur War, Rescue at Entebbe, The hunting down and Elimination of the Black September Terrorists. What did Hamas expect? Hamas have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.