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Bethlehem families sound call for legal justice.

Bethlehem / Najib Farrag -- As part of the resistance, Palestinians are again invoking international law by leading a global movement to try Israeli leaders for war crimes.Director of the Palestinian Prisoners Society in Bethlehem, Abdullah Zughari told a sit-in today in the West Bank city, "Israeli officials and military leaders be prosecuted as war criminals... the International Criminal Court, charged with the massacres and destruction in the Gaza Strip."From the families of the 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons came an echo to the call moving toward The Hague. "One cannot allow the killing of children and women, and the destroying of homes and use of internationally prohibited weapons," said a father who added a demand for the release of political prisoners.Wednesday's demonstration was held in front of the local headquarters of the international Red Cross on Jamal Abdel Nasser Street. "We are here," said an organizer, "in solidarity with the people of Gaza and with the political prisoners in Israeli jails. We are here in condemnation of the war unleashed by Israel on the Strip." Parents held photos of their imprisoned children alongside those of the victims of Gaza. Amid the call for a war crimes tribunal protestors threw shoes at posters of Israeli officials Olmert and Livni placed on the ground.PPS Director Zughari noted that Israeli forces "used internationally prohibited weapons and white phosphorus in crowded spaces," calling on international jurists for follow-up.Of the some 250 Palestinians taken by Israeli forces during the attacks on the Gaza Strip, Zughari demanded their immediate release along with that of the approximately 11,000 held in prisons.

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Date:Jan 21, 2009
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