International Community Should Intervene to Stop Israeli Collective Punishment against Palestinians, says Government

RAMALLAH, June 15, 2014 (WAFA) – Spokesperson for the Consensus Government, Ehab Bessaiso, condemned in a statement Sunday, the Israeli military occupation’s attacks against unarmed civilians in the West Bank and Gaza.

He condemned the latest air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which led to the injury of several citizens, including a woman in Rafah, and the arrest campaign waged by the Israeli occupation against Palestinian citizens in the West Bank, which included more than 100 citizens, among them Legislative Council members.

Bessaiso said that the Israeli military occupation’s escalation is part of the collective punishment against the Palestinian people, calling on the international community to intervene through its legal and humanitarian institutions to protect the Palestinian people from such attacks, which included abuses by the Israeli occupation’s prison administration on the Palestinian prisoners, and preventing their families from their right to visit, in addition to the Israeli military occupation’s siege imposed on the city of Hebron after the disappearance of three settlers, on Thursday in the so called area C surrounded by colonial settlements situated between Hebron and Bethlehem.

Bessaiso stressed that the continuation of the Israeli colonial settlements’ expansion and violence by settlers prevents the Palestinian Authority from the its right to control and govern the so called ‘C’ areas, which consist of 62% of the West Bank, and hampers the Palestinian and International efforts from reaching a political solution to ensure justice and security, and provide political and economic stability in the region.

He asserted that the Israeli occupation can’t hold the Palestinian Authority responsible regarding security in the occupied areas which are not subject to the Palestinian full control and are occupied by tens of colonial-settlements and Israeli military surroundings.

 

Source: WAFA