With these words Luisa Morgantini, member of the European Parliament of the Gue-NGL group and President of the Development Committee, spoke of the Israeli army assault on Jericho prison which aims at capturing some Palestinian detainees currently held in the prison in the custody of US and British guards.
“The Americans and British must take responsibility for their actions. The decision to abandon Jericho prison is a serious violation of the undertakings that were made and calls to mind the role of Sharon in the Sabra and Chatila massacre”.
The 2002 accords assigned the custody of Ahmed Saadat, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and other militia members found to be responsible for the killing of the Israeli minister Rehavam Ze’evi nel 2001 to international guards.
“This act demonstrates a serious irresponsibility on the part of theUS and Great Britain. An irresponsibility that threatens to make Palestine become like Iraq, that foments and deepens the spiral of violence in the region. The scenes of Palestinians forced to come out half-naked and with their hands raised recalls other terrible scenes.
The Israeli government cannot remain unpunished. The breaking-off of diplomatic ties and the suspension of Israel from all International institutions would be deserved.
It is intolerable that the Palestinian people is forced to bear this type of arrogance from Israel and to be almost totally forgotten by the International Community.
Just as the violent reactions and the abductions of foreign citizens and attacks on institutions by Palestinians is to be condemned , so too and once and for all, Europe and all the members of the Quartet must require Israel to put an immediate end to aggressive policies, to withdraw from the occupied territories and to abide to international law.
Peace is necessary to both Palestinians and Israelis. The best way is to stop Israeli unilateral action, and restart negotiations.