U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon .
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Students at the AMIT Lehava Ulpana penned a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on him to denounce a recent terrorist attack.
The letter, signed by more than 1,000 students at the all-girls school in Kedumim, called on the secretary-general to condemn the attack on January 1 that left an 11-year-old girl near dead, when a fire bomb was thrown at her car – and to denounce the burning of children worldwide.
“We turn to you, as head of the world’s most important diplomatic institution, because we have not heard your voice speak out against these terrorists. We have not heard a harsh condemnation by the United Nations of those who burned an 11-yearold girl who was coming home from her math lesson,” the letter stated.
On December 25, Avner Shapira and his daughter Ayala were driving in their car near Ma’aleh Shomron when terrorists threw a fire bomb at their car. The Shapiras escaped the burning vehicle and were evacuated to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, where the girl was treated for third-degree burns over 30 to 40 percent of her body.
“Ignoring this violence means tacit support of this heinous act. Those who seek to burn children should be banned from the civilized world. Those who wish to burn people are not human beings – and the United Nations must say this loud and clear,” the students wrote.
Hana Alster, a student leading the initiative, said her schoolmates decided that they could no longer remain silent and wanted to “make our voice heard in the world, demanding our right to live.”
“We haven’t heard any denunciation from the UN regarding the burning of a young, innocent girl, who just wanted to come back home from her math class – and we call out to the UN secretary-general to speak out against the burning of children – also in the Shomron,” she said.
The students wrote that it was their right to “travel safely on the roads and go to classes and celebrations without fear of terrorists and murderers.”
They ended the letter by posing a question to Ban: “Are girls living in Samaria not entitled to the human right to life? Will you make your voice heard so the terrorists know that the world is not silent in the face of such horror?”