Palestinian Human Rights groups call for urgent action; say Israeli actions show "criminal intent"
Palestinian Human Rights groups call for urgent action; say Israeli actions show "criminal intent"
Date: 27 / 12 / 2008  Time:  21:42
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Gaza- Ma’an - Fourteen Palestinian human rights originations banded together to warn the world of the consequences of Israel’s current attacks on Gaza, stressing Israel’s violation of human and internationally recognized rights.

The group called on the international community to work urgently and seriously to protect Palestinians from Israeli airstrikes and siege, and to ensure civilian safety in Gaza.

In a Saturday press conference the group called the day’s violence in Gaza a “dangerous and unjustified escalation,” that targeted “Palestinian security department buildings in the residential areas in Gaza.” They warned that casualties would be high because Gaza hospitals have few medical supplies.

The group slammed the Israeli decision to target de facto government police during their 11:30 graduation ceremony since it is also the time when Palestinian school children head home for the day.

The Human Rights organizations said the decision represented a “criminal intention of deliberately causing mass casualties and destruction in addition to intimidating civilians.”

They urged the signatory countries on the Geneva Fourth Convention to hold an urgent meeting to discuss ways and procedures that might make Israel to respect this convention and implement it in the Palestinian territories. Moreover, they said, a tribunal should be convened to charge Israel with war crimes.

The fourteen organizations were:
Ad-Dair for Prisoners and Human Rights
Al-Mizan for Human Rights
Defense for Children International
Insan Center for Democracy and Human Rights
The Independent Organization for Human Rights
The Al-Quds Center for Legal Assistance
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judicial System
Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
Women’s Center for Legal Assistance and Guidance
Women Studies Center
Dec 27, 2008 9:44 PM
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