GAZA; BREAKING OF CEASEFIRE - unpublished letter to Irish Times, 040513.

Sir,

the report on the extrajudicial killing of Haitham Al-Mes-hal by an Israeli air strike attack in Gaza (World Report, 1 May) states that “Islamist militants in Gaza have fired intermittently at Israel in recent weeks despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire reached after the November conflict” - thus giving the impression yet again that it is the Palestinians who have broken the ceasefire agreed after the eight day war last November.

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israeli soldiers fatally shot four Palestinians in the West Bank and at least one in the Gaza Strip in January alone. The people killed were unarmed and posed no danger to the soldiers. Over eighty Palestinians had been injured by Israeli forces in the same period. Palestinian civilians, whose only crime is to live in the border areas or to fish for their livelihood in the restricted zones in the sea, are terrorized on a daily basis by the Israeli armed forces who do not wait for the excuse of sporadic rocket fire to indulge in their daily harassment and terror.

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.