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Palestinian Foreign Ministry Warns from Terror of Settlers

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Warns from Terror of Settlers

Wednesday, 18 December, 2019 - 10:45
Palestinians enter the Golden Gate near Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has condemned the crimes committed by Israeli settlers against the Palestinian people.


The Ministry pointed out that the crimes target unarmed citizens with “public protection from the occupation forces.”


It warned against dealing with these crimes “as routine matters" and disregarding their dangerous consequences.


It stressed “the seriousness of the rise in the rate of crimes committed by the settlers and their armed terrorist organizations against the Palestinian people, their lands, homes, properties and sanctities.”


“These crimes have become organized and pre-coordinated and planned,” the Ministry noted.


It warned of "the attempts of some countries to comply with the US-Israeli efforts to protect the occupying power from judicial accountability by international or national courts.”


“Certain sides in some European countries rush to submit draft resolutions to their parliaments which draw parallels between the criticism of Israel as an occupying state and anti-Semitism.”


The Ministry wondered how the two issues are connected, knowing that Israeli occupation crimes are considered war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Settlers once again stormed on Tuesday Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.


Eyewitnesses said dozens of settlers stormed the Mosque from its Mughrabi Gate, during the morning visiting hours, with heavy police guard.


The intrusion caused great tension after a settler tried to raise the Israeli flag inside the Mosque’s square near the Cotton Merchants' Gate (Bab al-Qattanin).


Guards confiscated the flag and forced him to exit the mosque immediately.


In the midst of tension, occupation forces arrested five girls and a young man from Al-Aqsa squares and took them for questioning.


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