Saturday, November 17, 2012

World condemns Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip

South Koreans condemn the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip during a protest rally in Seoul on November 16, 2012

Source: Press TV

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists have staged protest rallies in several world capitals against the recent wave of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

A large number of South Koreans demonstrated opposite the Israel embassy in Seoul on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians in the latest escalation with the Tel Aviv regime, and urge Israel to stop violence against Gazans.

An unnamed South Korean human rights activist, who took part in the protest said, “You must not force the Palestinians to sacrifice. You must not kill children anywhere. Children are precious whether in Palestine or in Israel. They must not die in a massacre. We are calling on Israel to come back to its senses.”

On Friday, Australians also protested against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Sylvia Hale, a former parliament member, said, “The Israelis are adopting a policy of slaughtering the people in Gaza.”

Meanwhile, protest rallies were held in Istanbul, Ankara, Rome and Madrid in addition to the Arab world - in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and Algeria.

“I believe that all Muslims should show solidarity. Factions and differences destroy our goal. If we want to answer Israel, we must do it together. We won't achieve anything by condemning Israel. We must take real action,” Ali Golin, a protestor in Istanbul, said.

The new wave of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has claimed at least 41 lives since November 14. Ahmed al-Ja'abari, the popular and influential head of the Hamas military wing, the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was assassinated in an Israeli attack on his car on Wednesday.

On Friday, Ahmed Abu Jalal, a field commander of the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza district of Maghazi.

The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured.

Gaza has been blockaded by the Tel Aviv regime since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

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