ADL Urges American Red Cross to Press IRC to Stop Use of Palestinian Ambulances as a Tool for Attacks Against Israel
New York, NY, November 7, 2000 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is urging
the American Red Cross to use its sway with the agency’s international branch
to put an immediate stop to the use of Palestinian ambulances in facilitating
acts of violence against Israel.
"Ambulances bearing the symbol of an independent, peaceful medical aid
organization should be working to save lives, not facilitating acts of violence
against Israel," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Palestinian Red Crescent
has allowed its offices and ambulances to serve as cover for Palestinian gunman
shooting Israeli soldiers and civilians or to ferry gunmen to the site of
skirmishes. Some ambulances are reportedly being used to transport rocks to
friction points in Gaza and the West Bank.
The International Red Cross apparently has denied the allegations without
reviewing evidence of violations, including news accounts from the frontlines of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and IDF reports. "It is outrageous that
the International Red Cross has failed to take these charges seriously,"
Mr. Foxman said.
In a letter to Bernadine Healy, President and CEO of the American Red Cross,
the League noted that while Palestinian ambulances have played a role in
attending to the injured in this latest conflict, "The Palestinian Red
Crescent is also committing egregious violations of international humanitarian
"Given the American Red Cross’ deserved reputation for promoting the
just treatment of Israel within the structure of the International Red Cross, we
urge you to look into the IDF information regarding Palestinian Red Crescent’s
reprehensible behavior and ensure that the IRC addresses this most troubling
development," the letter stated.
ADL is seeking assistance from the American Red Cross to ensure that the
incidents are investigated. The IDF has listed five specific incidents of such
activities by the Palestinian Red Crescent, and news outlets have reported that
Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances have been involved in transporting rocks.
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