Ya'akov Litman (L) was shot and killed near the West Bank settlement of Otniel.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
NEW YORK - Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to publicly condemn the refusal of Palestinian Red Crescent medics to treat members of the Litman family who were attacked by Palestinians near Hebron on Friday afternoon.
Rabbi Ya’akov Litman and his 18-year-old son Netanel were both shot to death. Litman’s wife, Noa, three daughters and younger son were wounded by shrapnel and the resulting crash. They were on the way to a celebration for the their fourth daughter’s upcoming wedding.
According to Noa Litman, an ambulance from the Palestinian Red Crescent was on the scene before Magen David Adom arrived, but left without assisting them.
The Red Crescent denied the claims in a message on its website.
“When medical personnel fail to provide assistance to victims of terror, they are not only violating their code of ethics,” Danon said in a statement. “They are ultimately assisting the terrorists to carry out their murderous campaign.”
“By leaving the scene without assisting the Litman family, the ambulance staff disregarded the most basic obligations of all medical personnel and of basic human decency,” the ambassador continued.
Danon also noted that the “abhorrent conduct by the Palestinian Red Crescent crew is in contradiction to the core purposes and the principles of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.”
These principles, he said, mandate that “all medical personnel act to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded and to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.”
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