Advisor to Fayyad dismisses
missile attack on Israeli school bus
"The bus wasn't that badly damaged...
Israel uses the attack on the bus
as an excuse for war crime"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
An anti-tank missile was fired at an Israeli school bus last week from the Gaza Strip by Hamas just minutes after dozens of children had gotten off. The one child left on the bus was critically injured. Israel responded to the deliberate targeting of the bus by bombing Hamas targets.
Political advisor to PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Amr Al-Ghoul, criticized Israel's attack on Hamas:
"The [school] bus wasn't that badly damaged, but Israel wants to use the attack on the bus as an excuse for its latest war crime against our people."
Fayyad's advisor also used the opportunity to demonize Israel and attack Israel's legitimacy as a state:
"Israel is a country that was founded on aggression and colonialism, and it lives on the continuation of bloodshed, war and violence. The racist Israeli apartheid state is incapable of turning to peace and coexistence between nations... This aggression is currently focused on Gaza, under the pretext of a shell being fired at an Israeli bus. The [school] bus wasn't that badly damaged, but Israel wants to use the attack on the bus as an excuse for its latest war crime against our people."
[PA TV (Fatah), April 8, 2011]
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