World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Five Children Dead. Time To Start Monitoring?

GUSH SHALOM - pob 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033 - http://www.gush-shalom.org/


Press Release

The explosion which took the lives of five children was not an accident. The death of these children on their way to school came hours after a commando raid by the Israeli army. The soldiers of the commando unit were sent there at night - as was alleged by Palestinian witnesses and assumed by Israeli radio and TV commentators. These young soldiers were probably told that they were fighting terrorism. But what is terrorism if not the placing of explosives on a spot near a refugee camp, where children every day pass on their way to school?

What makes the death of these children - all from one family - even more hair raising is that it came the day after Palestinian policemen were shown on Israeli television making in the same Gaza Strip enormous efforts to quell any possible violence. It was as if they said: look Mr Powell, we do our utmost to do as you asked. But how can they now calm down the masses of Khan Yuneis Refugee Camp where the children came from? Already during the demonstration erupting after the simultaneous funeral another casualty: a 15-year old Palestinian - maybe a stone-thrower - was shot dead by IDF fire.

This proves once more that only international monitoring can pave the way out of the circle of violence and counter-violence, revenge and counter-revenge. The sticking to the rules of the game has to be guarded by an arbiter as credible as can be found.

Adam Keller Gush Shalom spokesperson Phone: 03-5565804 / 056-709603 / 056-709604


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More>>

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Myanmar: Stop ‘Widespread Violence’ Against Children, UN Officials Urge

Senior United Nations officials on Thursday strongly condemned the ongoing violence by Myanmar’s security forces against civilians, including children, as the members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: Growing Calls For Revamping Development Financing To Ensure Sustainable Global Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Forum to highlight new initiatives to tackle inequalities exacerbated by pandemic With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders will discuss options to unlock concrete investments ... More>>

How Can We Vaccinate The World? Five Challenges Facing The UN-Backed COVAX Programme

The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic global effort ... More>>

Department Of Global Communications: UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Message For World Health Day 2021

5 APRIL 2021 As COVID-19 Reveals Immoral Inequities in Health System, Secretary-General Observance Message Calls for Applying Policies, Assigning Resources to Ensure Everyone Thrives Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World ... More>>