‘’No army takes more precaution than the Israel Defense Forces in order to prevent civil casualties while their enemy, terrorist organization Hamas, does the exact opposite,’’ said Colonel Richard Kemp, the former Commander of the British troops in Afghanistan.
Speaking to members of the European Parliament in Brussels during a briefing hosted by Dutch MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen together with the European Coalition for Israel and the American Jewish Committee, Kemp explained that by maximising the number of deaths among their own civilian population Hamas knows that at the end of the day the international community will scrutinise Israel while giving them (Hamas) a free pass.
‘’This way the international community, especially the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, is incentivizing terrorist organizations around the world. Western governments should instead support Israel, their natural ally, in their battle against this EU-listed terrorist organisation,’’ Kemp emphasizerd.
Only days after he International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague had cleared Israel from South Africa’s genocide allegations, Kemp pointed out how the reality is the exact opposite. ‘’Israel is defending itself against a genocidal terrorist organisation which in its own wordings and concrete action is aiming at the destruction of the Jewish state,’’ he said.
As a growing number of Western countries have frozen their funding to UNWRA due the active involvement of some of their employees with the Hamas atrocities on October 7, Kemp agreed that the UN agency needs to be completely reformed or replaced with a new organization in order to have a future in Gaza.