The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned England cricketer Moeen Ali from wearing "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" wristbands.

Their reasoning? The slogans are of a “political” nature. Over 1,100 Palestinians have been killed in the past three weeks, including 200 children, but “Save Gaza” is political? 

Credit to England on this occasion who allowed him to wear the bands as they understood that his messages were humanitarian, before their decision was overruled by the ICC.

Moeen, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent, helped raise funds for charities working with those affected by Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza. 

It gets worse. The whole England team are wearing the logo of the Help for Heroes charity on their shirt collars today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war.

(Photo: Philip Brown / Reuters)

November 5, 2014

Amnesty International issued a report accusing Israel of War Crimes during its assault on Gaza as part of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. Amnesty insists that the International Criminal COurt should be given authority to investigate.

You can read the full report here: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/032/2014/en/613926df-68c4-47bb-b587-00975f014e4b/mde150322014en.pdf

Citing the report Amnesty International News quotes Amnesty Director of Middle East and North Africa Programme Philip Luther saying Israeli forces “brazenly” flouted the laws of war and “deliberately flattened entire homes full of civilians” without any warning:

“[D]isplaying callous indifference to the carnage caused….The report exposes a pattern of attacks on civilian homes by Israeli forces which have shown a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who were given no warning and had no chance to flee.”….

“Even if a fighter had been present in one of these residential homes, it would not absolve Israel of its obligation to take every feasible precaution to protect the lives of civilians caught up in the fighting. The repeated, disproportionate attacks on homes indicate that Israel’s current military tactics are deeply flawed and fundamentally at odds with the principles of international humanitarian law,” said Philip Luther.