An online petition urging the arrest of Israel’s prime minister for alleged war crimes over the 2014 Gaza assault is on course to hit the 100,000 signatures needed to have it debated in the UK parliament. Aljazeera reports:
“I honestly don’t expect him to get arrested because of the universal jurisdiction laws,” said Damian Moran, who created the petition in response to Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement he would visit the United Kingdom in September.
“It is a clear message to him that there’s a massive amount of people who don’t want him here.” Published on August 7, the petition has already gathered more than 76,000 supporters, well past the 10,000 required to get a formal government response.
Petitions that pass the 100,000 mark are considered for debate in parliament. The main focus of Moran’s petition is the 51-day bombardment of Gaza that started in July 2014 and left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead, including 1,492 civilians. In the same conflict, 66 Israeli soldiers and five civilians were killed.