The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) began an extraordinary session, Wednesday morning, with the aim of addressing Israelâs crimes during the latest aggression on the Gaza Strip.Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports that, according to the RToP website, the session took place in Brussels, and will present its findings tomorrow, at the European Parliament.
According to Al Ray, an international jury of judges, lawyers and human rights activists investigated crimes (including war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide) committed by Israel during its self-proclaimed âOperation Protective Edgeâ offensive, as well as third party complicity from supporting states.
Over 2,200 Palestinians were killed and 11,000 wounded this summer — most of whom were civilians — in a relentless series of indiscriminate and merciless Israeli military attacks. Entire families were eliminated in apparent war crimes.
The RToP was formed in March of 2009, following Israelâs 22-day âCast Leadâ offensive on Gaza. Its aim is to promote and sustain initiatives in support of the rights of the Palestinian people.
Warning: footage linked above is of an extremely violent and graphic nature.
The RToP is a part of the Russell Tribunal, also known as the International War Crimes Tribunal or Russell-Sartre Tribunal, a public body which was organized by British philosopher Bertrand Russell and hosted by French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre.
UPDATE: 09/25/14 Individual testimonies can be read here.