Hezbollah looks to international community to punish Israel


Hezbollah condemned on Monday the “horrible crime” that Israel committed against the Gaza aid flotilla, saying that the incident should serve as a turning point in how international powers should deal with the Jewish state.

The party said in a statement: “International institutions have been put before an historic test to prove their already shaky credibility.”

“They are demanded to perform their fundamental duty of confronting the Zionist crimes the last of which will not be the attack against foreign activists of more than 40 nations,” it continued.

It added: “They should thwart the Zionists from executing new crimes, punish the enemy leaders who gave the order to carry out the attack on the fleet, and try them as criminals of war and against humanity.”

The flotilla attack is “additional proof of the Zionists’ evil streak that targets all humans regardless of their sex or religion,” it said.

The statement said that the attack against the fleet is an embodiment of the “arrogance of power” exercised by the Israeli leaders “that has risen over the years through unlimited western support of the Zionist agenda and wrong political calculations of some Arab governments.”

It noted that Israeli attacks against civilians is an old policy that has been adopted by the Jewish state from even before it was established.

Hezbollah urged Arab and Islamic states to take a united stand “for at least this one time as demanded by their people because calls of condemnation are no longer enough before the bloody scene.”

The statement said: “They are demanded to sever all ties with the Zionist enemy, adopt a tangible practical strategy to break the Gaza and West Bank siege, support the Palestinian people, and provide all that is necessary to help them free their land and end the Israeli nightmare.”

Earlier on Monday, Hizbullah MP Hasan Fadlallah said that the crime is “a premeditated crime against humanity by the Israelis,”.

“This crime illustrates to the world Israel’s savagery and the way they deal with unarmed civilians,” he added. “This adds to the long list of massacres against civilians in Palestine and Lebanon.”

At least 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli naval forces stormed the aid flotilla in international waters before dawn on Monday.

Fadlallah said that the activists detained following the raid should be considered hostages and the U.N. Security Council and international community must act quickly to denounce Israel’s actions.

“If they fail to act quickly to lift the siege on the Palestinians (in Gaza) and to denounce Israel for its crimes as well as save the hostages, the situation in the region will get worse,” he warned.

Hizbullah fought a devastating war with Israel in 2006 and there are fears of another conflict breaking out between the two enemies amid allegations by Israel and the United States that the Shiite Muslim group was stockpiling sophisticated weapons.