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Write to UN General Assembly President for Israeli WarCrimes Tribunal


1. Summary

With the Gaza death toll exceeding 400, the Islamic Human Rights
Commission calls on campaigners to send letters to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, to urge the U.N. General Assembly to establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI).

2. Background

After five days of consecutive bombardment of Gaza, and an
ever-increasing death toll, demonstrators all over the world are calling for an end to the massacre. Campaigners are urged to continue attending demonstrations and boycotting Israel, and are now asked to send letters to the President of the U.N. General Assembly, urging for the long-overdue establishment of an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI), under U.N. Charter Article 22.

On the topic of Israel's current attack on Gaza, Archibishop Desmond
Tutu said on Sunday:

"In the context of total aerial supremacy, in which one side in a
conflict deploys lethal aircraft against opponents with no means of
defending themselves, the bombardment bears all the hallmarks of war
crimes."

Francis A. Boyle, in calling for the creation of such an Israeli war
crimes tribunal, said:

"The establishment of ICTI would provide some small degree of justice to
the victims of Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide
against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine--just as the ICTY has done
in the Balkans. Furthermore, the establishment of ICTI by the U.N.
General Assembly would serve as a deterrent effect upon Israeli leaders
such as Prime Minister Olmert, Foreign Minister Livni, Defense Minister
Barak , Chief of Staff Ashkenazi and Israel's other top generals that
they will be prosecuted for their further infliction of international
crimes upon the Lebanese and the Palestinians."

3. Action required

Write to the President of the U.N. General Assembly, urging for the
establishment of an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI),
under U.N. Charter Article 22.
Fax: +1 (212) 963-4423
Email: http://www.un.org/ga/contactus.asp

4. Sample letter

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If you receive a reply to the letter you send, we request you to send a
copy of the letter you sent and the reply you received to IHRC. This is
extremely important as it helps IHRC to monitor the situation with
regards to our campaigns and to improve upon the current model letters.

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Sample letter to the President of the U.N. General Assembly.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]

President
General Assembly
United Nations
New York, NY USA

[Date]

Dear Sir,

Re: Creation of Israeli war crimes tribunal

The current massacre happening in Gaza is of urgent concern to my
community and I. For attacks which bear all the trademarks of war
crimes, is it not time for them to be assessed within the appropriate
context of an Israeli war crimes tribunal?

Surely, you do not need me to relate to you the strangulation and
bombardment of Gaza, and the humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding.
After five days of consecutive bombardment of Gaza, and a death toll
exceeding 400, calls for an end to the massacre fall on the deaf ears of
a murderous Israeli government.

The 1.5 million abused and starved inhabitants of "the world's biggest
concentration camp" are being forced to continue to collectively-pay for
democratically-electing their government.

While the Israeli authorities punish the Palestinians in order to teach
Hamas a hard-handed lesson, the civilian casualties and number of
injured continue to soar. Israel is refusing ceasefire requests, in
spite of Hamas offering it on the basis of reasonable and attainable
compromises: "an end to the blockade, and an Israeli ceasefire on the
West Bank", according to Yuval Diskin, current head of Israeli security
services Shin Bet.

Also, in light of the current attacks which have sparked international
condemnation, Archbishop Desmund Tutu said: "In the context of total
aerial supremacy, in which one side in a conflict deploys lethal
aircraft against opponents with no means of defending themselves, the
bombardment bears all the hallmarks of war crimes."

Over the past 2 months, fuel supply to Gaza has been blocked leading to
the closure of its power plant, and even the U.N. has been forced to
halt distribution of food aid, upon which most Gazans are reliant. The
actions of the Israeli authorities violate the Geneva Conventions and so
many international norms. It is now more necessary than ever for the
U.N. to establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI),
under U.N. Charter Article 22. Failure to create viable accountability
would only further embolden the Israeli government to continue their
extermination of the Palestinians.

As the crimes committed against Palestinians degrade all humanity, we
request you to urge members of the U.N. General Assembly to swiftly take
necessary and appropriate action towards creating an ICTI under U.N.
Charter Article 22, and holding the Israeli government accountable.

I look forward to your reply regarding this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

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For more information, please contact the office on the numbers or email
below.

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IHRC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and
Social Council of the United Nations

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