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APN Condemns Tel Aviv Bus Bombing, Calls Again for Ceasefire

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Washington, DC -- APN today strongly condemned the terrorist bus bombing that took place today in Tel Aviv, injuring more than 20 innocent civilians. APN stands in solidarity with Israelis who continue to come under fire. APN also expressed deep concern over the death and injury to Palestinian civilians.

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APN Resource Page on the Gaza Crisis
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APN President and CEO Debra DeLee commented: "Tragically, Israelis are today living in fear from rockets and now, once again, bus bombings. Our hearts are with those injured today in Tel Aviv, along with their loved ones and friends. APN is dismayed over continued escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas. Our hearts are with all innocent civilians caught up in this violence. For the sake of Israelis and Palestinians alike, it is critical that both sides step back from the brink, end the escalation, and implement a ceasefire. The terrorizing, killing, and injuring of innocents on both sides must stop."

DeLee added: "As APN has argued in the past, not only during the current conflict but also during the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict, a ceasefire cannot be an end in itself, lest it become just an intermission before the next round of violence. We believe it is critical that the Obama Administration demonstrates resolute and tough leadership to ensure that a ceasefire is bolstered by changes on the ground and in the political arena that address the core grievances of Israel and of Palestinians in Gaza. Such changes include the urgent implementation of new security arrangements to prevent Hamas from re-arming and an end to Israel's longstanding blockade of Gaza. Such changes also must include immediate steps to re-accredit the two-state solution and confidence that it can be achieved in the near-term."

DeLee went on: "APN commends the Obama Administration for its commitment to Israeli security and its efforts to ratchet down the current conflict, including through Secretary Clinton's current shuttle diplomacy in the region. We urge the Obama Administration to remain engaged and to redouble its efforts to de-escalate the violence. We urge President Obama to remain engaged even after a ceasefire in order to ensure that the underlying causes of this fighting - which are, ultimately, political - are addressed, something that can only happen through the achievement of a negotiated two-state solution to this conflict."

For more on what APN believes the Obama Administration and others need to do with respect to the current crisis, please read our statement issued 11/20/12.

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