Forwarded from Paul de Rooij (AI)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 28 06:31:42 MDT 2003


Hi Louis;

AI is beyond redemption – here it is condemning + issuing accusations of 
the most serious crimes: “crimes against humanity”.  This is the second 
time this happens against Palestinians; zero against Israel.

Kind rgds

P

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

News Flash

Paulo comment: This is interesting, before this and after this event 
there has been no peep by AI on the Israeli depredations.  Now it goes 
so far again as to “condemn” and to accuse Palestinians of “crimes 
against humanity” – a more serious accusation than “war crimes”.  This 
is the second time this accusation has been leveled against Palestinians 
– none so far against Israel.

AI Index: MDE 15-076-2003

News Service No: 194

20 August 2003

Israel/Occupied Territories: Amnesty International condemns suicide bombing

Amnesty International condemns in the strongest terms the suicide bomb 
attack which killed 20 people, including children, and injured scores of 
others on a bus in Jerusalem last night.

"Palestinian armed groups must put an immediate end to such crimes and 
to their policy of deliberately targeting civilians," said Amnesty 
International.

Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two of the main Palestinian armed groups, 
were reported to have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The repeated and deliberate killings of civilians by members of 
Palestinian armed groups perpetrated as part of a policy to target 
civilians constitute crimes against humanity.

This latest attack brings the number of Israelis killed by Palestinian 
armed groups since the beginning of the intifada (Palestinian uprising) 
in September 2000 to more than 770. Most of the victims have been 
civilians and include more than 90 children.

In the same period the Israeli army and security forces have killed more 
than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 380 children.

Since the announcement of a ceasefire by Palestinian armed groups at the 
end of June 2003 there had been a marked reduction in the level of 
violence on both sides. From the beginning of July until yesterday six 
Israelis and some fifteen Palestinians were killed.

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