Christian Aid condemns suicide bombing

 Tuesday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, which killed twenty people, has dealt a severe blow to the Middle East Road Map, says Christian Aid. "This latest attack is the most serious setback since a ceasefire was called by militant groups in late June," said Sue Turrell, acting head of Christian Aid Middle East team. "We condemn this horrific act of violence which is clearly aimed at derailing the peace process. Attacking innocent civilians is despicable," she added. The bombing - whose victims included four children - has led to Israel postponing talks to negotiate withdrawal from four Palestinian towns in the West Bank. Christian Aid partners have also condemned the attack. Abdul Hadi Abu Khasa, director of the Gaza branch of the Union of Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (UPMRC), said: "There are many ways to end the occupation but this (suicide bombing) is not one of them. There should be no obstacles in the way of the peace process." Connie Hackbarth, of Israeli-Palestinian partner the Alternative Information Centre, said: "It is the responsibility of the Quartet (the US, EU, Russia and the UN) - indeed, the entire international community - to guarantee that last night's attack does not divert world attention away from the implementation of the Road Map." The Middle East Road Map, endorsed by the US, EU, Russia and the UN, is widely seen as the only hope to end the continued violence - and deaths - in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Christian Aid says it believes in the right of all Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security and that the Road Map must not continue to be undermined by extremists.

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