UNICEF Statement on violence against children in Jerusalem and the West Bank
NEW YORK, 2 July 2014 – “The justified outrage at the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem today, and that seen at the funerals yesterday of three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank, are a reminder that we must never become accustomed to such attacks against children, anywhere, in any way, and at any time.
“We condemn all these most recent killings because they are terrible crimes and also because nothing could be more damaging to hopes for peace in the region.
“Killing children and deliberate violence against them are unpardonable crimes for which perpetrators must be held accountable.
“UNICEF extends its deepest condolences to the families of the murdered children. We reiterate the UN Secretary-General’s call for restraint to prevent further loss of life. And we remind all parties to the conflict of their legal and moral obligation to protect children from harm.”
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Marixie Mercado, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 212 326 7133, Mobile: +1 917 213 5188, email@example.com