Leaders of the United States and Israel are “guilty of war crimes” and need to be prosecuted and “rot away in a jail,” says activist and former US Marine Kenneth O’Keefe.
The US administration’s concern over the Israeli plans to grab 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank is “another stage of the play” and “doesn’t mean anything,” said O’Keefe, who led the “human shield action to Iraq” during the 2003 US invasion and was a passenger on Mavi Marmara, one of the six Gaza-bound ships raided by Israel on May 31, 2010.
The Israeli media report that senior officials in the Obama administration have sent “sharply worded” letters to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing “deep concern” about the expropriation announcement.
If the US was “really serious about stopping Israeli settlements and all of their other illegal activities, including crimes against humanity, war crimes, and even genocide, by the legal definition of the word, the United States can stop that tomorrow,” O’Keefe told Press TV on Saturday.
“We cannot count on the United States to do the right thing,” he added. “Not only has the United States not really condemned it (Israel) in any meaningful way, but it’s provided cover in the [UN] Security Council and it’s continued to fund them over and over, year after year.”
The US State Department on Sunday levied an unusually harsh criticism of Israel for the land grab. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also said he was “alarmed” by the Israeli plans.
Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because the territories were captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip and are demanding Israel withdraw from the occupied territories.