Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:48AM GMT
Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries Van Agt
Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries Van Agt says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “bears the responsibility for numberless infringements of international justice.”
Van Agt made the remarks in an open letter to the Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal and in reaction to Netanyahu's upcoming visit to the Netherlands.
“Israel has also violated as series of international treaties it signed up for. The Geneva Convention paragraph on the protection of civilians in wartime is one example, but there are many others, like the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention against Torture,” a part of his letter read.
The former politician called on the Dutch government and parliament to criticize the Israeli premier for “continuing and accelerating the building of settlements” on the West Bank and in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Israel is carrying out settlement activities in the occupied territories, especially in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), despite international calls to stop such activities.
The international community considers all settlements built in the occupied West Bank as illegal.
The Dutch official also suggested the foreign minister to bring Netanyahu to justice at the international court of justice in the Hague “where he might explain why he is flouting the court's ruling on the Wall, also called the separation barrier.”
“Let us welcome Mr. Netanyahu and offer him an opportunity to communicate with people from outside the Binnenhof. He, and others, might learn something,” the letter said sarcastically.