UK petition to arrest Netanyahu reaches 80,000 signatures

British people sign petition saying Prime Minister Netanyahu should be arrested over war crimes against Palestinians during Gaza War in 2014

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, August 2015

Updated Sep 2, 2015

The number of signatures on an online petition, or an e-petition, on the British Parliament's website calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his London visit in September has reached over 80,000 signatures.

The online petition claims that Netanyahu should be arrested for “war crimes” under international law. The e-petition also exemplifies the 2014, Israel-Gaza War which was responsible for the deaths of over 2,000 Palestinians who were mainly civilians and 70 Israelis who were mainly soldiers.

“At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament,” a statement on the UK Government’s official website has stated.

“As the Prime Minister said, we were all deeply saddened by the violence and the UK has been at the forefront of international reconstruction efforts. However the Prime Minister was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself,” the statement read.

“Even if the British government feels the heat to arrest Netanyahu, it would forewarn him against traveling to the UK” according to Alan Hart, a London-based author, journalist and researcher.

The British government must respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.

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