Holding hostages is a war crime
Recently, someone started a campaign to write the Red Cross concerning the Chamas hostages. I put in my two cents. This is what I wrote them:
My parents were Holocaust survivors from Holland and were not so nice about the Red Cross. Lately, the IRC has apologized, and I appreciate that. But the test of a new wind lies in what you do now, not in pleasant words.
Once again, Jews are in trouble, and I want to know what you have done or could do more. Hundreds of mostly civilians were kidnapped by Chamas or Gazans on October 7, 2023, babies, youth, young adults, grownups, and elderly, even some with dementia, dead, wounded, or alive. Holding hostages is a war crime. Did you contact the ICC in the Hague?
What have you done to get them freed without preconditions because one cannot profit from war crimes?
Chamas has been holding 4 Israelis for years already. Have you tried to get access to them? What have you done to ensure you can visit the 200+ now kidnapped?
Are you trying to get a list from the Israeli authorities with names and personal details (health status)?
Have you made clear to the world press that this is not a conflict of war but of one party violating the laws of war?
What have you done to ensure that your workers don’t try to appease terrorists bent on genocide?
I hope to hear good news from you.
I haven’t heard from them yet.
Meanwhile, my son wrote us last week from the battlefield:
Report from the field:
We work hard, but the satisfaction is great. Everyone here goes through ups and downs, but the soldiers are heroes and exercise our mission with determination. Tell everyone everything is fine, and we are on an important mission and succeeding!