Bahar holds Israel responsible for consequences of Attoun’s abduction

[ 28/09/2011 – 02:55 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Ahmed Bahar accused the Israeli occupation authorities of breaching international law after abducting Palestinian lawmaker Mohammed Attoun, adding that Israel bears responsibility for what would follow, as sit-ins including politicians and students were held across the Gaza Strip.

A special unit of undercover occupation soldiers abducted Attoun on Monday as he had been sheltering at the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Jerusalem for more than a year and a half after Israeli occupation authorities revoked his right of residence in his native city of Jerusalem.

During a stand in solidarity attended by Palestinian lawmakers, ministers, security officials, and officials from national parties, Bahar called on the UN Security Council to quickly convene and consider the abduction as a breach of international law.

He said the Attoun abduction amounted to “a dangerous escalation that expresses plans” to cause chaos in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Bahar also called on Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the UN General Assembly to pressure Israel to respect international law, which protects the people’s elected representatives.

For his part, Palestinian MP Ismail al-Ashqar, from Hamas’s Change and Reform bloc, called on the Red Cross to continue sheltering the other politicians seeking asylum with it and to take legal action against Israel over the abduction.

In another sit-in including students from the Islamic University in Gaza; PLC member Mushir al-Masri described the Attoun abduction as “piracy of international law” and an ongoing effort to “rid the city of Jerusalem of its representatives”.

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