Israel Bombs Palestinian Civilians to “Deter Terrorism”

Today’s [Tue, 31 Jul 2001] bombing in Nablus in which eight Palestinians were killed, two of them children, is the latest and the worst in a whole series of recent provocations
by the war-minded government which holds power in [Israel].

Today’s [Tue, 31 Jul 2001] bombing in Nablus in which eight Palestinians were killed, two of them children, is the latest and the worst in a whole series of recent provocations
by the war-minded government which holds power in [Israel].

In the sending of attack helicopters to bomb a seven-storey building in the heart of a major Palestinian city, the killing of innocent civilians could not have come as a
surprise;

The civil and military leadership which knowingly ordered the attack
has committed an act of state terrorism, an act of terrorism distinguished from
other kinds of terrorism only by the enormous firepower at the disposal of the
Israeli Air Force.

The government of Israel claims that the bombing in Nablus has prevented or deterred terrorist attacks against Israelis. In fact, the very opposite is
true.

The Nablus bombing already aroused furious reactions and calls for revenge on
the Palestinian side, greatly increasing the danger of suicide attacks in the
Israeli population centers.

Those who ordered today’s provocation must have known that this would be the result; this, indeed, may well have been the intention – to provoke a reaction that would drown in blood all efforts to implement the Mitchell Commission’s report and revive the peace negotiations.

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Author: Gush Shalom (Israeli Peace Bloc)

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