4th Geneva Convention

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 30th March 2004.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Riverside 11:30 am, 30th March 2004

Will the Foreign Secretary accept that the views expressed up to now this morning do not reflect the views of all hon. Members? Does he understand that Israel's action in killing Sheikh Yassin was a legitimate response to an extraordinary situation? [Interruption.]

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Julian Todd
Posted on 10 Dec 2004 1:28 pm (Report this annotation)

There's a section on this event at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Yassin

Essentially, they used a helicopter gunship firing an air-to-surface missile to kill a blind guy in wheelchair as well as ten other bystanders. It's legitimate to ask for what reason the normal process applied in a civilized nation of "arrest", "trial", and "sentence" was ruled out in this case. It's very difficult to think of an excuse -- even a made up one -- that puts this event into a context outside of revenge, provocation, or naked aggression designed to evoke fear.

It is actions like this, which cannot be cloaked in any kind of reason, that prove that the only moral difference with regards to the violence by both sides is the level of technology and hardware.

Saeed
Posted on 28 Feb 2006 4:45 pm (Report this annotation)

Louise Ellman is very biased in her views. She puts all the blame on the PA and has never condemned the hideous acts commited by the Israeli government who are actively killing Palestinian women and children during there targeted killing spree (which breaks so many Human Rights conventions it is unbelievable). It is almost as if this MP is not a MP in the UK Houses of Parliament but a right wing fascist in the Israeli government. It almost seems to me that Louise Ellman could be Jewish as she seems to be a mouth piece for the Israeli government in our Houses of Parliament.