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Date posted: March 01, 2008
By MIFTAH

Twenty more people including three children, were killed in the Gaza Strip, namely in the Jabaliya Refugee Camp over the past 24 hours, bringing the total of Palestinians killed since February 27 to 49. MIFTAH calls on the United Nations and the international community to urgently intervene to halt the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and to hold Israel responsible for the loss of innocent lives. MIFTAH especially calls on the United States to embrace its duty as the major superpower in todays world in not allowing for such injustices to be perpetrated with impunity. It also calls on the US and other world countries to give equal value to human lives whether they are Palestinian or Israeli and to apply the same standards to both.

The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, MIFTAH strongly condemns the recent escalation in Israeli military attacks against Palestinians, particularly in the Gaza Strip. Media sources reported that among the dead were three children, killed when an Israeli air strike targeted a residential building north of Gaza City. As a result of the explosion, one child was decapitated. Also among the dead is Hamza Al Hayya, the son of Hamas leader Khalil Al Hayya.

The escalation comes after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed in Tokyo on Wednesday to target Hamas leaders big and small in response to the ongoing Qassam rockets that claimed the life of an Israeli man the same day.

MIFTAH calls on the international community to intervene on behalf of the innocent civilians in Gaza, who continue to be a target of indiscriminate Israeli military operations. As the occupying power, Israel has an obligation under international law to protect all civilians, which it systematically fails to do.

MIFTAH reiterates the necessity to end the Israeli occupation over Palestinian land as means of resolving the ongoing conflict. In this regard, it is the duty of the international community as well as the two parties involved to ensure that a just and comprehensive solution is found for the Palestinians. Furthermore, it is imperative that Israel be held accountable for its unlawful killings of Palestinians in addition to the siege and economic embargo it continues to impose on the entire Gaza Strip.

Source: MIFTAH
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