World Bulletin / News Desk
The families of two Palestinians boys who were killed by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces on May 15 have appealed to the visiting Catholic Pope Francis to speak out against their murders and to watch the video footage of the killings.
“We appeal to Your Holiness as a religious and spiritual leader to call on international human rights organizations to seek justice in the prosecution of the perpetrators and hold their leaders accountable for the murder of our sons,” the parents say in a message issued through Defence for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI-Palestine).
17-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara and 16-year-old Muhammad Abu al-Thahir were shot near the Ofer military prison in the West Bank as they demonstrated the Nakba – the 66th anniversary since Israel forced thousands of Palestinians out of their homes.
“Our hearts are torn in anguish for the loss of our sons, whose young lives, dreams, and hopes were cut short by the bullets that struck them…they were murdered with the utmost cruelty and disregard for human life, at a time when our people were recalling the tragedy of the Nakba that befell upon us at the hands of the Israeli occupation,” the Abu al-Thahir and Nuwara families families said in a joint statement.
“We attach high hopes to your historic visit to our holy and blessed land, and we hope it will be a good start to exert every possible effort at the international level to end the occupation, so that our children may live in peace and security in the land of love and peace,” the statement ended.
Although the Pope has prayed at the separation wall in Bethlehem and called for a Palestinian state during his visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Al-Quds (East Jerusalem), he has not commented on Israeli abuses or on the blockade on 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza.