RAMALLAH, December 10, 2014 (WAFA) – PLO Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi, Wednesday in a statement on behalf of the PLO, demanded an independent, neutral investigation into the Israeli forces’ killing of PA minister Zeyad Abu Ein on Wednesday.
Abu Ein died after being severely beaten by Israeli forces and suffering from tear gas inhalation during a non-violent activity where Palestinians were planting olive trees in Turmus’ayya village near Ramallah.
Ashrawi denounced, in the strongest possible terms, “Israel’s extrajudicial killing of Palestinian Minister and Head of the Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Ziad Abu Ein.”
“Israel’s use of excessive and indiscriminate violence constitutes war crimes under international law. Israel habitually uses extreme violence, especially against non-violent resistance, “stressing that, Abu Ein “was guilty of nothing more insidious than planting olive trees on Palestinian land that Israel was attempting to steal.”
“It is evident that Israel is bent on responding to Palestinian non-violent resistance with acts of violence, terror and crimes against humanity. Israel’s actions are nothing short of state-sponsored terrorism,” stated Ashrawi.
“It is high time that the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention and other international organizations entrusted with ensuring respect for and enforcement of international law act to guarantee that Palestinian rights are safeguarded and that Israel’s impunity comes to an end,” concluded the statement.