Dr Vacy Vlazna congratulates Netherlands Ambassador on cancellation of Israeli mayors visit 20Sep10 September 21, 2010

His Excellency Mr Cornelis Wilhelmus ANDREAE
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Canberra ACT

Your Excellency,

I applaud the moral decision by Arthur Vigrass’ organization to cancel a delegation of Israeli mayors while it included heads of illegal Israeli settlements.

‘Israel’s situation in Europe extremely dire’
Boaz Fyler – Ynet – Cancellation of settlement heads` delegation to Holland indicates of broader process taking place in Europe, warns EU expert. `Israel not considered legitimate as long as it is an occupier`

Extremist illegal settlers have ipso facto become an armed militia wing of the Israeli government responsible wreaking terror on Palestinians-

  • 49 Palestinians were killed by Israeli civilians  between 2000 and 2010 of which the majority is settler-related
  • stoning  Palestinians including women and   children
  • dumping faeces and urine on  Palestinians
  • almost daily physical violence and property  damage
  • burning Palestinian homes
  • contaminating wells
  • blocking roadways, so as to impede Palestinian life and  commerce
  • destroy crops, uproot trees,
  • abuse merchants and owners of stalls in the  market
  • destroying and defiling mosques

The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict reported on rioting and violence in the West Bank in the period preceding the Israeli military operations in Gaza. The report said “Little if any action is taken by the Israeli authorities to investigate, prosecute and punish violence against Palestinians, including killings, by settlers and members of the security forces, resulting in a situation of impunity. The Mission concludes that Israel has failed to fulfil its obligations to protect the Palestinians from violence by private individuals under both international human rights law and international humanitarian law.[23]

The cancellation, then, sends an important message to Israel that its barbaric policies and abuses against Palestinian civilians are not tolerated by decent people and organizations.

Hopefully governments will follow suit and take a firm moral stand to protect the inalienable rights of the people of Palestine.

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