Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A letter of Support from the European Parliament

Luisa Morgantini
Vice President of the European Parliament

Rome 28th April 2008

Dear all,
Dear friends,
I am very sorry for not being able to attend your press conference today; I would like to present to you all my support for your efforts and your commitment for the Palestinian civil society in Hebron.
The decision of the Israely Army to confiscate and close of the ICS schools and orphanages and other facilities offered, is the further arbitrary and illegal action perpetrated by the Israely Military against the civil population. And it’s a further outcome of the Israeli policy of collective punishment towards the Palestinian people in West Bank as in Gaza.
The justification produced by the Israely military – claiming that ICS is engaged in illegal activities connected to Hamas – but presenting no proof, represents an abuse and cannot be used to punish the civil population, the poorest and the weakest, who in Hebron already suffer for the hard situation: settlers, more than 100 roadblocks, fences, walls and checkpoints that daily severely hamper the freedom of movement of Palestinians and have transformed Hebron in a ghost town.
Unfortunately the International Institutions and also the EU are responsible of the going on of 40 years of occupation, abuse and violations of human rights. But we should go on denouncing and acting for justice and peace.
I strongly believe that the only possibility for Israelis and Palestinians to live in security and peace is not the military way, but the end of the military occupation, the end of discrimination, with two States for the two peoples, according to human needs and international legality.

With my best regards,

Luisa Morgantini

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