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Venezuelan Manifesto on Israeli Pows

A group of Venezuelan women have signed a manifesto urging official and private institutions to persuade the Syrian government “with the greatest urgency” to uphold the Geneva Conventions on prisoners of war and to especially return wounded Israeli POWs “without delay.” The manifesto issued in Caracas was translated and released here by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

The manifesto declared: “As women, wives and mothers that we are, we make this call animated exclusively by reasons of humanitarian character, without any political considerations, understanding that political reasons should not and must not obstruct action tending to alleviate the anguished uncertainty of the families of the prisoners of war or the painful situation of those prisoners, especially those who are wounded.”

Among those signing the manifesto were the presidents of the Venezuelan Red Cross, Union of American Women, Committee of Human Solidarity, and Association of Venezuelan Women; a member of the executive board of the Association of Venezuelan Writers and members of the Association of Venezuelan Women.