UA: Extrajudicial Killing of Ramzi Merfiq El-Shrafi (16)

URGENT APPEAL: Ref: UA 06/ 06.
7 November 2006

NAME: Ramzi Merfiq El-Shrafi (16)

VIOLATIONS: Extrajudicial Killing and Woundings.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please copy the letter below the Background information or write in your own words and send to:

Mrs RADHIKA COOMARSASWAMY Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict srsgcaac@un.org

AND Cc: (simply copy all addresses together and paste into Cc). mail@palestine-un.org;

presse.cabinet@consilium.eu.int; adamos.adamou@europarl.europa.eu; israel-un@newyork.mfa.gov.il; wpeters@ministers.govt.nz
Please cut and paste and send this appeal to your mailing lists

BACKGROUND
In a new Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) crime reflecting disregard for the lives of innocent civilians, a Palestinian child was killed and 6 others were injured, one seriously, in an Israeli air strike on the town of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip. A teacher was seriously injured in the same strike. The victims were on their way to school when IOF fired a surface-to-surface towards the Jabalia Youth Club during the morning traffic of school children. The IOF rocket was fired after Palestinians fired rockets at Israel from the area in the pre-dawn hours. This crime is a continuation of the IOF aggression on the Gaza Strip, especially the northern part.

Mrs RADHIKA COOMARSASWAMY

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict srsgcaac@un.org

Re: Extrajudicial Killing of Ramzi Merfiq El-Shrafi (16)

Dear Mrs COOMARSASWAMY

I strongly condemn the extrajudicial killing of  Ramzi Merfiq El-Shrafi (16) and the wounding of a teacher, Najwa Awad E’khlayyef (20) and six children.

At approximately 6:45 on Monday, 6 November 2006, IOF fired a surface-to-surface towards the Jabalia Youth Club near the intersection separating Jabalia and Beit Lahia. The rocket fell 15 meters away from a minibus at the intersection transporting children to the Andera Ghandi Kindergarten in Beit Lahia. The teacher Najwa Awad E’khlayyef (20) was sitting near the open rear door of the minibus waiting for children to board. She was seriously injured, and later transported to the ICU unit in Shifa Hospital for treatment. In addition, students from Ahmad Shoqeiri School were on their way to school in Beit Lahia. One of these students was instantly killed: Ramzi Merfiq El-Shrafi (16). Six other students were injured, one of them seriously. The kindergarten children also suffered shock from the explosion.

Over the 6 days of this recent aggression, 45 Palestinians have been killed, including 27 unarmed civilians. Ten of these victims are children, and two are women. In addition, 184 Palestinians have been injured, including 50 children and 46 women.

I urge you to demand that the Israeli authorities ensure that urgent measures are taken to:

·safeguard the right to life of the children of Palestine and their families,

·immediately halt the IOF war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) that reflect Israeli disregard for the lives of innocent civilians,

·enter into constructive dialogue with the Palestinian government to achieve a peaceful resolution of the current crisis,

· guarantee an impartial and exhaustive inquiry into the aforementioned attack, identify those responsible,  bring them to trial, and apply the penal, civil, and/or administrative sanctions provided by law, in accordance with international standards;

Yours sincerely
Copies sent to:
H.E.Nasser Al-Kidwa, Ambassador,  Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine mail@palestine-un.org

H.E. JAVIER SOLANA Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union presse.cabinet@consilium.eu.int

Mr ADAMOS ADAMOU, Chairman, EU Delegation for the relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council   adamos.adamou@europarl.europa.eu

H.E. DAN GILLERMAN, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations  israel-un@newyork.mfa.gov.il

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs wpeters@ministers.govt.nz

JUSTICE For PALESTINE MATTERS

(Australia)

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