NETANYAHUAccording to the
agreement, Tarkumia was to be a terminal of peace on the "safe passage" road
between Gaza and Hebron. A terminal for workers, students, tradesmen,
intellectuals and visitors.
In the reality shaped by Netanyahu, Tarkumia is a war-front, a place of
death and bereavement. Three Palestinian workers were killed there by
soldiers this week.
Every day, dozens of road-blocks create enmity, hatred and resistance.
Thousands of Palestinians, men and woman, children and old people,
experience there harassment, humiliation, and sometimes physical abuse.
What happened at Tarkumia road-block can happen every day, any hour, at
But the real
road-block is the man responsible for all the road-block: Binjamin
Gush Shalom in Ha’aretz ,
Gush Salom delegation
visited the families of the three Palestinians Killed at Tarkumia
A large delegation (16 people) of Gush
Shalom has visited today (Friday 13 March) the families of the three
Palestinian workers killed by soldiers at Tarkumiya Checkpoint.
As Israeli citizens, in whose name the soldiers
supposedly acted, we regard it as our duty to offer the families our
condolences, and to condemn the killings. This is all the more incumbent
upon us due to the insensitivity of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who explicitly
admitted that the three were innocent victims - and nevertheless did not see
fit to visit the families in person, as King Hussein did with the families
of the Israeli girls killed by a Jordanian soldier.
The Gush Shalom movement demands that investigation
of the Tarkumiya killings be entrusted to an independent body in which
both Israel and the Palestinian Authority will take part, that testimonies
be taken from Palestinian eyewitnesses and that the investigation cover
the role of the officers in charge and higher up the hierarchy, as well as
of the soldiers who actually fired the shots. The Army's investigation of
its own misdeeds lacks any credibilty - for Israelis, Palestinians or
anybody else in the world. And would the government of Israel dare to go
on accusing the Palestinian Authority of a so-called "revolving door
policy" when the two soldiers detained had been released within less than
twenty-four hours, and there is no intention to put them on trial?
In the view of Gush Shalom, the source of the
problem is in the very existence of Israeli roadblocks on the Palestinian
roads - which is one of the most concrete and severe manifestations of
ongoing Israeli occupation.
Sending a handful of Israeli soldiers to regularly
control and curtail the freedom of movement of tens of thousands of
Palestinians is a recipe for disaster - it leads both to daily harassment
of commuting Palestinians by soldiers and to such tragedies as happened at
Tarkumiya. The soldiers just should not be there.
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