Forwarded from Paul de Rooij (AI)
lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Aug 28 06:31:42 MDT 2003
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.
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
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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