MCB Deplores Collective Punishment of Palestinian People

28 Jun 2006

The Muslim Council of Britain strongly deplores the latest Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. The blowing up of bridges and Gaza’s main electricity transformer by the Israeli army can only be described as illegal acts of collective punishment against the Palestinian people and exposes as hollow the Israeli claims of having ‘withdrawn’ from Gaza.

‘Israel has repeatedly shown that it has absolutely no regard for international law. This disproportionate use of military force in one of the most densely populated areas in the world is a recipe for another disaster in the making,’ said Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

The MCB calls on the British and US governments to take urgent steps to bring about a negotiated settlement to the current crisis involving Palestinian and Israeli prisoners. We urge that such efforts must include the release of the 400 women and children among the 9,800 Palestinians that have been detained by the Israeli Occupation Forces.