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Israeli peace camp: Bethlehem and Tulkarem killings were "grave provocations"

March 13, 2008 11:37 A.M. (Updated: March 13, 2008 11:37 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Israeli peace bloc, Gush Shalom, has condemned Wendesday's assassinations of five Palestinian fighters in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Tulkarem.

An official Gush Shalom statement said that the killings prove that the Israeli government "does not want a ceasefire, but a new flareup."

"Those who sent the assassins to carry out 'liquidations' today, in Tulkarem and Bethlehem, knew what they were doing - a grave act of provocation which might blow up the serious chance which had opened up, to reach ceasefire and calm."

Israeli peace activists said the attacks shattered hopes for a ceasefire with the Palestinians: "This is a wanton, completely irresponsible act, which might return the inhabitants of Sderot, Ashkelon and Gaza back into the hell from which they momentarily escaped."

Gush Shalom said that the killings were the latest in a series of provocations this week, including the announcement of more settlement activity in the West Bank, the Israeli government boycott of Al-Jazeera, and incitements to violence by Israeli politicians and religious leaders.

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