Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:2AM
The top British Foreign Office official on Middle East has turned a blind eye to the Israeli regimes’ killing and injuring of 15 Gazans while condemning Palestinians’ response in the form of rocket fire in yet another hypocritical defense of Israeli brutalities against Palestinians. British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said he is “deeply concerned” about and condemns the Palestinian rocket fire into the Occupied Territories, keeping silent on the Israeli warplanes’ pounding of the population-packed Gaza since Monday. The Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have killed at least eight civilians, including a 14-year-old, and injured another seven, including children over the past days. The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, said on Tuesday that it has fired 10 Grad rockets at the Occupied Territories in response to Tel Aviv’s atrocities against Palestinian civilians. "This is our answer to the Zionist crimes. It will continue if they carry out more strikes on Gaza," a Hamas spokesman said. However, Burt condemned the rocket fire without any reference to Israeli crimes and only called for restraint in the region. “I am deeply concerned about this week’s escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel,” Burt said. “I condemn this indiscriminate rocket fire into southern Israel, as I do all acts of terrorism. The UK urges all parties to exercise restraint and prevent civilian casualties and loss of life,” he added. The Israeli regime’s military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, claiming the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured. The Israeli regime killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, many of them women and children, in a 22-day barrage of attacks on Gaza in late December 2007. The strikes left thousands of others injured, homeless or traumatized while a great part of the infrastructure in the coastal strip was destroyed. AMR/JR/HE