National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari urged UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon on
Monday to investigate actions by the American military in Iraq that may
constitute war crimes as alleged by the WikiLeaks website.
suggested the investigation be headed by former South African judge Richard
Goldstone, who investigated Israel’s handling of Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza
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“The latest revelation of US military documents regarding the war
in Iraq detailing torture, summary executions, rape and war crimes by US and
USlead security forces in Iraq, paint a terrifying portrait of US abuse and
contempt of international treaties,” Ben-Ari wrote.
In his letter,
Ben-Ari cited statistics from WikiLeaks indicating that there have been 100,000
civilian causalities in Iraq and that during the course of the war, 31 innocent
Iraqi civilians, were killed every day.
“That the Pentagon is looking to
cover up these crimes from the world shows the US government has much more to
hide,” Ben-Ari wrote the secretary- general. “I look forward to your call for an
urgent hearing at the UN regarding these latest abuses as well as the insidious
attempt by the US government to sweep these crimes under the
Ben-Ari even suggested the use of arrest warrants against US
government agencies and officials, including senior military officers. Arrest
warrants have been issued in Britain for top Israeli politicians and generals
involved in Cast Lead and the Second Lebanon War.
“Fortunately, there are
human rights organizations here in Israel that are experts in the investigation
and judicious prosecution of war crimes,” Ben-Ari wrote. “[I have] no doubt that
they too will be ready and eager to be at the United Nations’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman declined to
comment about Ben- Ari’s letter. But a source close to the prime minister called
it “crazy” and liable to damage the fragile US-Israel relationship.