Prosor calls on UN to condemn recent Gaza rocket attacks

In letter to UNSC president, Israeli ambassador to UN says hostilities are violation of int'l law, demands broader condemnation.

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
July 21, 2011 02:19
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UN Ambassador Ron Prosor

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NEW YORK – Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fired 16 rockets at Israel since June 16, yet the international community has remained largely silent, Israel’s envoy to the UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said on Monday.

In a letter to the President of the Security Council Hans Peter Wittig, Prosor said such hostilities were a violation of international law and demanded broader condemnation.

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“These attacks also highlight the serious consequences that result from the illegal smuggling of arms into the Gaza Strip – an integral part of Security Council resolution 1860 that does not receive the attention that it deserves from the international community,” Prosor wrote.

He said the spate of attacks – the most recent of which occurred last Sunday when a rocket landed near the city of Beersheba – was deliberately aimed at Israeli population centers with the intent of harming civilians.

“It is only by coincidence that the recent barrage of rocket and mortar fire has not resulted in civilian casualties,” he wrote.

“Israel holds the Hamas terrorist organization – which remains in de facto control of the Gaza Strip – fully responsible for all attacks emanating from the area that it controls. In response to these attacks, Israel has exercised and will continue to exercise its right to self-defense, as appropriate, and will take all necessary measures to protect its citizens.”

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