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Palestinian Foreign Ministry Calls for Cooperation to Document Settler Violations

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Calls for Cooperation to Document Settler Violations

Monday, 3 September, 2018 - 08:15
A Palestinian inspects olive trees that were chopped down by Israeli settlers. (AFP)

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called for holding a meeting soon with all official and non-official institutions to protect the rights of Palestinian citizens against Israeli settler violations.

It aims to speed up the registration and documentation of each violation to file a lawsuit against Israel as an occupying power before all relevant regional and international institutions and courts.

“It is no longer sufficient to issue statements condemning these violations because they are not deterring the occupation authorities from stopping their repressive and arbitrary measures,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Instead, they are still looting lands, deepening and expanding their settlements, displacing Palestinian citizens and carrying out daily attacks on the people’s homes, trees, properties and holy sites,” it added.

The Foreign Ministry denounced ongoing attacks by settler militias against Palestinian citizens, their properties and crops in the occupied West Bank under the protection of Israeli forces.

The latest of these attacks was their confiscation of 20 olive trees in Burin village south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

It also condemned the incident in which 30 Givat Ronen settlers hurled rocks at citizen Bashir Hamzeh’s home on the outskirts of Burin.

The ministry stated that the confiscation of Palestinian lands in various parts of the West Bank is ongoing, noting the expansion of the Beit Aryeh settlement, north of Ramallah.

It reiterated its warning against allowing crimes committed by settler militias deployed on the hills of the West Bank “to become the norm.”

It also warned against ignoring statistics that show the great suffering and the heavy losses incurred by the Palestinian people due to this “organized Jewish terrorism.”

“These crimes are part of a clear division of roles between the Israeli government and the settler militias to consecrate the occupation, confiscate more Palestinian lands and gradually uproot the people to ultimately Judaize large parts of the West Bank,” the statement stressed.

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