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France: Israel security does not justify 'slaughter of civilians'
Published Monday 04/08/2014 (updated) 04/08/2014 21:43
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File photo shows France's Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius
giving a press conference at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris on July 25, 2014
(AFP/File Stephane De Sakutin)
PARIS (AFP) -- Israel's right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, as he called for a political solution to be "imposed" by the international community.

"How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?" Fabius said in a statement.

"The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israel's right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians."

The statement comes amid global outrage over an Israeli strike next to a UN school where ten people were killed, among them civilians who had been seeking refuge from the violence.

Fabius said Islamist group Hamas, the de facto rulers of Gaza, "clearly carries an overwhelming responsibility" for the conflict but that Israel was not justified in carrying out what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called "a criminal act" with the attack near the school.

"That is why we support and demand the establishment of a real ceasefire as proposed by Egypt and why we are ready, as French and Europeans, to contribute to it in a concrete way," he said.

"It is also why a political solution is essential ... and should in my opinion be imposed by the international community," Fabius said.
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1 ) J. / EU
04/08/2014 21:30
Have you noticed that even when he criticizes Israel, he still mentions Israel's right to self defense? This is tragicomic. All Western leaders are actually afraid of NOT mentioning it. What has the world become? And his criticism of Israel comes almost two thousand bodies too late. Two thousand bodies, of which over three hundred were innocent children. Yet, God forbid he forgets to mention Israel's right to self defense. It's absolutely disgusting.

2 ) some one / some where
05/08/2014 00:32
1 ) J. / EU really you totally an IDIOT who star this do you know in 2014 before war start how many rocket fire? why they fire rocket now and then in their mick mouse game why they want to destroy another state why and why and why you are idiot

3 ) ian / australia
05/08/2014 00:49
#1 "Have you noticed that even when he criticizes Israel, he still mentions Israel's right to self defense?" Yes, J., it's a universal, knee-jerk, butt-covering, politicians' ritual that says, "I am not an anti-Semite" along with blaming HAMAS for ISRAEL'S massacre, slurring a national resistance movement as an "Islamist group" which "clearly carries an overwhelming responsibility". And it IS "absolutely disgusting". But the idea of "a political solution...imposed by the international community"

4 ) ian / australia
05/08/2014 00:53
(contd.) is bold, new and promising. (And he's NOT just referring to a ceasefire.) He's saying Israel has demonstrated it is not competent to resolve its conflicts rationally, legally or morally. And not credible as a decent, law-abiding world citizen and that the world needs to intercede and IMPOSE justice. There's promise in that sentiment gaining traction which it WILL (esp. in Europe it seems) if Israel continues to behave like a mad dog attacking neighbours in a frothing, rabid frenzy.

5 ) gold / phil
05/08/2014 07:31
west must condemm israel genocide in gaza by concrete act not only lip service. palestinians has r basic rights not only the occupier

6 ) Randi / NJ
05/08/2014 08:19
J. paying attn? so does every one of them. now ask them why

7 ) Iain Cameron / New Zealand
05/08/2014 08:37
There is a marked difference between self defense and subjugating those people that rightfully rise up against a brutal and abusive occupation. Israel uses the former to disguise the latter. An imposed solution is not a precedent. After all the State of Israel was carved out of Palestine by an imposed UN Partition Plan. Israels intent since before its statehood was to take all of Palestine. Plan Dalet and previous actions carried out by Jewish terrorist groups are proof of this.

8 ) mao / ethiopia
10/08/2014 15:07
ofcourse palestinians also have the right to protect thier land but the israel is abusing even the right to life and survive so why the intl community is keeping silent?
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