No end to inhuman separation of Palestinian families

Sun May 1, 2011 11:11PM
Yousef al-Helou, Press TV, Gaza

13 year-old Mohammad Ebayyat lives with his father in Gaza. He hasn’t seen his mother and his siblings for 2 years, because they can’t travel to Gaza under the Israeli policy.

The father of five is only one of 26 Palestinians from the West Bank city of Bethlehem who were expelled to Gaza in May 2002, following the 39-day siege of the Church of the Nativity during which eight civilians were killed.

A presser was held in Gaza with the children of the fathers in attendance. They called on international human rights organizations to put pressure on Israel to end their ordeal.

The men say the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes is a “sacred and legitimate right” guaranteed by international law.

Saturday marked the sixth anniversary of the end of the five-week standoff with the Israeli military when 200 Palestinians took refuge in the Church of the Nativity. In a negotiated settlement of the crisis, 26 Palestinians were sent to the Gaza Strip and another 13 men went to Europe.

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