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Bosniak leader says his country does not support Israel

May 19, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidential Council, Sefik Dzaferovic on 20 November 2018 [STR/AFP/Getty Images]

A Bosniak member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidential Council on Sunday reacted to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tweet thanking nations for supporting Israel against Palestine, saying his country does not support the killing of innocent civilians.

“My message to [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu is that Bosnia and Herzegovina does not and cannot support the killings of innocent civilians in Gaza by Israeli military forces,” Sefik Dzaferovic wrote on Facebook.

He called on Netanyahu to end the “disproportionate attacks” on Gaza and make his contribution to establish peace for the Palestinian and Israeli people.

Earlier in the day, Netanyahu thanked and mentioned 25 countries that are currently supporting Israel in its ongoing attack against Gaza, including the flag of Bosnia in the post.

Bisera Turkovic, the country’s foreign minister, also rejected the Israeli premier’s tweet. “Bosnia and Herzegovina supports a just solution between Palestine and Israel, no attack will lead to peace and stability,” she said in a statement.

“We call for an immediate end to the attacks … only negotiations can bring about lasting peace. We also support initiatives that would help stop the wave of violence.”

At least 220 Palestinians, including 34 women and 62 children, have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since 10 May.

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