When the Egyptian Foreign Ministry demanded Israel three years ago to pay compensations for Egypt for the murdering of 250 Egyptian prisoners of war who were killed by Israel's Sayeret Shaked special forces in 1967, Labor member of Knesset, Benjamin Ben Eliezer, denied the accusations, claiming that those soldiers were killed in combat and that they "were Palestinian fighters and not Egyptian soldiers".
The incident and Israel's denial and refusal to pay the compensation resulted in a diplomatic crisis that strained the relations between Israel and Egypt .
And a few days ago, Egypt summoned Israel's envoy to Cairo following the release of a shocking documentary that was aired on Israel's TV Channel one, showing that an elite unit of the Israeli army, commanded by Benjamin Ben Eliezer, who denied the accusations three years ago, executed 250 unarmed Egyptian soldiers after they surrendered to the Israeli army at the end of the 1967 Six-Day War, which began on June 5, 1967, following three weeks of tension which began on May 15, and reached its peak of continued deterioration in the relations between Israel and its neighbors.
But Former Meretz party leader in Israel, Yossi Sarid said in an interview with the Egyptian daily, Al Ahram that "the killing of those captive soldiers in the Six Day War was a war crime".
However he tried to play down the significance of the documentary, alleging that "war crimes in the area are numerous".
Unfortunately the disgraceful documentary received the needed coverage only from the Egyptian press, while it only occupied a few headlines in Western and Israeli media.
And as expected there was no international outcry over the brutal assassination of unarmed prisoners of war by the Israeli forces.
Edward Rali, head of the Egyptian parliament's Committee for Human Rights called for launching a probe into the murdering of 250 Egyptian prisoners by Israeli Special Forces in 1967, saying that the crimes showed in the documentary released by the Israeli television, "represent a serious violation of human rights and international law," The Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying.
Foreign Affairs Committee head Mustafa al-Faki, denounced the "massacre of helpless Egyptian soldiers," stressing that "Israeli hands are drenched in the blood of Egyptian prisoners," the Post reported.
Despite being accused repetitively of committing war crimes in Lebanon and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel never received the condemnation or the punishment it deserves from the United Nations or the International Community.
The Israeli Army has been accused of committing numerous violations whether in Lebanon or occupied Palestine, crimes that ranged from unlawful killings, to torture, extensive and wanton destruction of property, and obstruction of medical assistance and targeting of medical personnel, among many others.
In its recent offensive in Lebanon, Israel was accused of intentionally bombing civilian areas which resulted in the death of over 1,400 civilians, many of them children and women.
And in Palestine, recent accusations against the Israeli army included the use of Palestinians as "human shields" during military operations, "forcing them to carry out tasks that endangered their lives", despite an injunction by Israel's high court banning the practice, that was stated by Amnesty International, a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.
What's been uncovered in "Ruah Shaked" is definitely not the first Israeli crime and violations of international law and human rights, and probably won't be the last.
islamonline.comGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16