We, hereby, strongly denounce all acts of kidnapping and aggression against foreigners and journalists especially the recent crimes of opening gunfire at the car carrying UNRWA’s Regional Chief of Operations, Mr. John Ging, in northern Gaza, and the continuation of the kidnapping of the BBC’s journalist, Mr. Alan Johnston, who remains held for 20 days, to date.
We are greatly distressed over this and all other crimes which do not represent the true nature of our people’s history, respect and keen appreciation of others, especially towards highly respected people as Mr. Johnston and Mr. Ging. In this respect, we question what seems to be the silence of Palestinian official and governmental institutions with respect to issuing orders to all concerned in security organizations to secure Mr. Johnston’s release and safe return. We demand the creation of a full security plan to halt all acts of aggression in society and on public and private property and people.
We call on President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah, the Minister of Interior and all heads of security organizations in the Palestinian National Authority (Officials) to urgently intervene for Mr. Johnston’s immediate release and safe return.