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Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called for urgent action to ensure that alleged Israeli war criminal, Shaul Mofaz, who is in London today, does not leave the country without facing the charges laid against him.

Mofaz, who was Israel’s military chief of staff during the Second Intifada, is in London on a private visit.

He stands accused of actions against the Palestinian people between 2000 and 2002, including the widespread destruction of homes, denying medical treatment for the wounded and targeted assassinations, which are classifiable as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Lawyers acting for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights delivered a file on Mofaz to the Director of Public Prosecution’s office yesterday.

Sarah Colborne, Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: “The Director of Public Prosecutions and the Metropolitan Police have been given the information necessary to arrest Mofaz.

“It is vital that they act urgently on this information so that Mofaz doesn’t leave the country without facing the due process of law.

“This is the man who recommended to the Israeli army that it kill 70 Palestinians per day during the Second Intifada. In 2002, he was in charge of a military operation, ‘Operation Defensive Shield’ which killed 216 Palestinians and wounded 416. It was an operation where war crimes and crimes against humanity took place. It is unacceptable that Mofaz is still walking free, and we join the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in its call to bring him to justice.”

This media release was sent to national and international media on 22 June 2015

Photo: Jenin refugee camp in the aftermath of the 2002 Israeli invasion