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Reprisals Are Not The Answer

Reprisals Are Not The Answer To The Human Rights Crisis

9 May 2002

As Palestinians and the world await the Israeli Defense Forces' reaction to the shocking suicide bombing attack on Tuesday which resulted in the loss of 15 lives and injury to scores of people Amnesty International urges the Israeli Government to respect their obligations under international human rights law, to ensure that the measures taken to protect the lives of Israeli civilians, are consistent with its obligations to respect human rights and international humanitarian law.

The organization reminds the Israeli government that reprisals against protected persons and property are prohibited by the 4th Geneva Convention.

Amnesty International also repeated its call on the international community to deploy experienced impartial monitors to Israel and the Occupied Territories, with the aim of ensuring the protection of the human rights of all people - - Palestinians and Israelis.

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