December 22, 2014
CFK warns Israel over Argentine priest safety
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner published a press release in her Twitter account where she made Israel responsible for the safety of Argentine priest Jorge Hernández, who serves in the Gaza strip, and warned that any harm done to him “will have severe consequences for the bilateral relations.”
According to the communiqué, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman summoned today the Israeli ambassador in Argentina, Dorit Shavit, where he reaffirmed the country’s stance over the conflict in Gaza, while emphasizing the humanitarian condition under which priest Hernández is found.
“The Israeli government, besides of being responsible for the people under the care of Priest Hernández, must also assured that his parish will have a regular provision of food, power supply and clean water,” the press release informed.
The statement revealed the Argentine government is in permanent contact with that Parish; an institution which belongs to the order of Mother Superior Pía and is found inside Palestinian territory.
The Fernández de Kirchner administration repeated to Shavit the same message it sent during the first day of conflict which started 22 days ago:
“We call for an immediate ceasefire of all military attacks against civilians, especially children and the elderly.”
Father Hernández takes care of a group which includes 30 handicapped children, six nuns and nine old men.
The Palestinian Health ministry said 1,270 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed since Israel began its offensive on July 8 with the declared aim of halting cross-border rocket fire.