India condemns attack on Jewish seminary

March 8th, 2008 - 12:14 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) India Friday called for an end to the “cycle of violence” in the Middle East and condemned the killing of eight students in a shooting at a Jewish seminary school in West Jerusalem. Stating that “terrorism in any form cannot be tolerated”, external affairs ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna said that India condemned the “mindless terrorist attack on the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in West Jerusalem last evening, in which eight innocent young Israeli lives were lost and several others injured”.

India felt that issues confronting Middle East “are serious in nature and have to be addressed through dialogue”. Though it condemned the attack on Israel citizens, India took a jibe at Israel for its “disproportionate retaliation”, “which has been taken to unprecedented levels”.

“The current cycle of violence, including disproportionate retaliation by Israel, which has been taken to unprecedented levels, will have to cease if the suffering of the peoples of the region is to end,” said Sarna.

Just four days ago, March 3, India said it was “dismayed at the continuing violence in Occupied Palestine, particularly in the Gaza Strip”.

In his suo motu statement in parliament, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday said: “The hardship and misery caused by these developments is deplorable. We have indicated that India is ready to extend all possible assistance to help the people of Palestine to overcome the suffering they are facing.”

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