PACE President reacts to Israeli shelling of Gaza town
08.11.2006 – René van der Linden, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), made the following statement today in reaction to the shelling of the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun by the Israeli Army:
“Even by the standards of violence in the Middle East, this attack – in which women and children died while they slept – was profoundly shocking. I deeply deplore this act, and call on the Israeli Government to refrain from such inhumane actions in the future. I consider that a full investigation is absolutely necessary. I also appeal to Palestinian leaders not to fall into the trap of retaliation. Violence will never bring a solution to this tragic conflict.” The Israeli Knesset holds observer status with the Assembly.