Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon (L) attend a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv July 31, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
The Arab Lawyers Union (ALU) called for putting Israel's government -- including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon -- on trial for war crimes in Gaza.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, the ALU -- which describes itself as a pan-Arab confederation of bar associations and law societies based in Cairo -- asserted the need to stop the "war and occupation forces' crimes" in Gaza.
ALU's statement also stressed the need for abiding by the 1949 Geneva Convention concerning the protection of civilians in times of war.
The pan-Arab body called for the United Nations and the international community to create a fact-finding committee to investigate the crimes, document them and take the necessary measures against war criminals.
"Resistance is the only option available for liberating Palestine from the Zionist occupation, which signifies an aggression against the whole Arab nation," the statement said.
"All the Arab states are responsible for ending the occupation," noted the statement.
The ALU referred to the necessity of ending the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and pointed out that Israel's position became stronger amid the ongoing "international silence" about the conflict, especially that of the United States.