|Reception of the Head of the Delegation of the International Red Cross Committee |
Fadlullah: Gaza's tragedy is one of the most hideous tragedies in the world, and the enemy's criminals ought to be prosecuted
His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, emphasized that the United Nations ought to shoulder its responsibilities in exerting every effort to provide the best conditions for the work of the International Red Cross, to aid this institution in alleviating the burdens of the besieged Palestinian people in Gaza. He also pointed out that the tragedy of Gaza, caused by the occupation, is one of the most hideous tragedies that any people could undergo, calling for prosecuting the enemy's leaders and troops for the crimes they have committed against humanity, as well as the war crimes in Gaza, stressing that they ought to be prosecuted in the light of the facts documented and proven in Goldstone Report and recognized by the Human Rights Council.
His Eminence received the Head of the Delegation of the International Red Cross Committee, George Comninos, who briefed the Sayyed on the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as the difficulties the Committee is facing, especially in Gaza, Yemen, Somalia, and other countries in the region.
Comninos appreciated the Sayyed's supportive stands for the work of the ICRC and thanked him for "his constructive guidance, comments, and directions that are of a high importance and that we hear from him upon every visit", emphasizing the necessity of continually visiting the Sayyed to listen to his directions and guidance.
His Eminence emphasized the extremely important and sensitive role of the ICRC, especially in these times of the escalating conflicts and the aggravating human problems, mainly in the Arab and Islamic world, and specifically in Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, and Somalia. Moreover, the Sayyed called for a close cooperation between the International Red Cross and all other humanitarian bodies and organizations, so as to alleviate the intense human burdens that our peoples are suffering from.
His Eminence emphasized that the United Nations ought to shoulder its responsibilities in exerting every effort to provide the best conditions for the work of the International Red Cross. He also pointed out that the UN is still weak and incapable of lifting the siege from Gaza strip, in spite of the significance of certain calls for forcing Israel to bear full responsibility for the war crimes and the crimes against humanity it has committed in Gaza, especially after the Goldstone Report has highlighted these crimes. Moreover, he confirmed that the people are still under siege, and the war criminals of the enemy's troops and of the Israeli political leaders are still at large and far from being held accountable; which would give the enemy a chance to further commit crimes in the future, as a result of the slackening of the International Organization and the so-called International Community and their insistence on not prosecuting the enemy's leaders, who have actually committed these crimes and tragedies, in the International Security Council, and not trying them before the specialized international courts and institutions.
His Eminence noted that the tragedy of the Palestinian people in Gaza is one of the most hideous tragedies that any people could undergo, as a result of the hunger siege that is meant to be used as a means and a tool to pressure the Palestinians and force them to follow the dictations of the occupation that has gone forth in expelling the Palestinians from their homes, and giving the Israeli settlers a green light to break into Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate it.