The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) expresses deep outrage over the cruel and illegal Israeli attacks against peaceful Palestinian Refugee protestors in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and West Bank. Israeli army has killed 20 Palestinians, 11 in Lebanon, 9 in Syria and 1 Gaza. Protestors were peacefully calling for their basic right of return. Around 300 were also wounded in the bloody Israeli attacks.
The centre denounces the Israeli crimes perpetrated against the civilians and vows to take legal actions against Israel. PRC believes that Israeli reaction towards civilians who were throwing stones while nearing the border was extremely disproportionate. No ethical framework or law can justify the killing of peaceful protestors like this. The actions of a few people commemorating their six decades of exile doesn’t need this kind of disproportionate force and use of live bullet,” PRC saidAccording to PRC General Director, Majed al Zeer, victims’ ages ranged between 15 and 25 years. “Preliminary resources say that victims were shot intentionally in the upper body parts like heads and chests. Those protestors are young and peaceful refugees who came to reaffirm their right of return. Their right is guaranteed under International Law, International community decisions, and UN resolutions. They should not be prevented from returning back to their homes and lands where they were expelled from, in 1948,” Said al ZeerPRC believes that peace will prevail in the Middle East by giving Palestinians their full rights and not by bloodshed and killing perpetrated by the Israeli state. Palestinians have made it clear that after 63 years they are still united and will never forget their nation. They have one united cause despite the burden of exile. According to the Palestinian Bureau of statistics, more than half of the Palestinian people (67%) live in the Diaspora out of total 11 million Palestinians. Around 4.1 million Palestinians live in the occupied Palestinian territories. About 2.5 million in West Bank and 1.6 in Gaza and 1.4 in Palestinian 48 lands inside Israel.A number of 5 million Palestinian refugees reside in 59 camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and 600 in other Arab states.