Thursday, November 1, 2007
"Israeli Former Education Minister Shulamit Aloni said that Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former Chief of Staff Dan Halutz should be tried at the International Court of Justice at The Hague for committing “crimes against humanity,” The former minister and leftist leader made the remarks in an interview with Zuheir Andreus, the managing director of Arab-Israeli newspaper Ma al-Ahdath. In the full interview, to be published Friday, Aloni slams the Barak over the punitive measures he introduced in the Gaza Strip: “Collective punishment is an inhumane move. Ehud Barak is the most dangerous person in the State of Israel, because of his character, because he’s a man of war, and because of his arrogance.” “He does all those extreme things because he thinks that he’s beating Bibi (Netanyahu) that way,” the former minister added. Aloni also lashed out at former Chief of Staff Dan Halutz over claims that Israel used cluster bombs during the Second Lebanon War. “Whoever uses cluster bombs in an area where civilians reside is a criminal in my mind,” Aloni said. “He should be put on trial here first, but if not here, then at the International Court of Justice.” During the interview, the former minister said that a week ago she delivered a lecture at the National Security College and told officers: “Why are you making a big fuss over people with blood on their hands? Each one of you has blood on your hands. They throw bombs, and you throw bombs. You have airplanes, but they don’t, so they blow themselves up.” Aloni said that one of those in attendance asked her: “You treat their blood like our blood?” The former minister reportedly responded: “Yes, it’s just as red.”"