Dharamshala: - Describing the ongoing violent conflict between Palestine and Israel in Gaza as 'unimaginable', The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said he did not expect such sort of violence from people who claim to hold religious principles.
"Unthinkable. All major religious traditions — Islam, Christianity, Hindu, of course, Jainism and Buddhism— teach us the practice of compassion, love, forgiveness, tolerance. So then a person who believes in certain faith, why do you involve in such violence?," His Holiness the Dalai Lama told media-persons on Monday, July 21 at Kangra airport in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India.
"The ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza is very sad and totally opposite to what their religion promotes,"His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.
Despite worldwide calls for a cessation of the worst bout of Palestinian-Israeli violence for more than five years, Israeli ministers ruled out any swift truce. For its part, Hamas, weakened by the loss of Egypt and Syria as allies, voiced determination to fight on to break Israel's economic siege of Gaza.
Israel kept up its assaults in Gaza as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region with a mission to seek a ceasefire in the conflict.
The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday held an emergency debate in Geneva to diffuse the crisis. The 16-day conflict has claimed the lives of 718 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say. Israel has lost 32 soldiers, all since July 17, when it widened its air campaign into a full-scale ground operation aimed at halting rocket fire from Gaza and destroying a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels.
Noting that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was currently in the region hoping to bolster support for a ceasefire, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said she hoped that the parties will respond positively, but cautioned that a lasting peace can only begin with respect for human rights and human dignity, and in the full realization of the right to self-determination.
Ms Pillay said Israel had not done enough to protect civilians, citing air strikes and the shelling of homes and hospitals.She also condemned Hamas and other militant groups for "indiscriminate attacks" on Israel.
Accoridng to aid agencies 'a child had been killed every hour on average in the past two days and there had been a sharp spike in premature births. Gaza officials said more than 3,000 homes had been destroyed or damaged and 46 schools, 56 mosques and seven hospitals had been hit.'