PESHAWAR: Education activist Malala Yousafzai has expressed deep concern over the Gaza-Israel conflict and condemned the violence against innocent civilians, including children.
In a statement delivered to the media, she said, “I am deeply saddened and heartbroken by the bloodshed in the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict that has led to the death of more than 260 Palestinians and two Israelis. Most of those killed and injured have been innocent civilians, with at least 59 Palestinian children killed. Four young boys simply playing hide and seek were killed in Gaza yesterday by an Israeli strike.”
She said they must join together to condemn all violence against innocent civilians.“I have suffered from the devastating violence of war and conflict in Swat Valley, my beautiful hometown in Pakistan, where more than 400 schools were destroyed, education for girls was banned and many people were killed. Today children in Gaza are suffering through similar trauma from conflict,” said Malala Yousafzai, who belongs to Swat and was shot and injured by the Taliban militants affiliated with Maulana Fazlullah while returning home in a school van along with other girl students.
She urged that all should stand up for peace. “I call upon the international community to immediately broker a ceasefire between Gaza and Israel. The violence must stop now. I call upon Israel and Hamas to lay down their arms,” she said.
Malala Yousafzai urged respect for each other’s religious beliefs to live together in peace, which is the message of all religions. “I urge all parties involved to move forward with a peace process that ensures the dignity and prosperity of all people, without violence and terrorism,” Malala appealed in her statement.