PLO Erekat Demands Prompt UN Investigation into Israel’s Killing of Palestinians

RAMALLAH, October 17, 2015 (WAFA) – Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, Saturday called on United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, to open a prompt investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinians over the past couple of weeks.

Erekat, in a letter he sent to UN Heyns, officially demanded the opening of an investigation into the Israel’s killing of Palestinians over the past couple of weeks of violent unrest across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, as well as in Arab communities inside the occupied land of 1948.

He said that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to circumvent his international obligations  in order to justify his repressive and unlawful policies, instead of ending the occupation and recognizing the rights of Palestinian people.

He slammed Netanyahu’s recent incitements against president Mahmoud Abbas as a ‘failed attempt’ to  divert attention from the fact that Palestinian civilians, including children, are systematically targeted and executed by the occupation forces outside the bounds of law.

He further blamed Israel for the recent escalations,  stressing that Netanyahu’s ongoing incitements do not change the fact that Israel, the occupying power, is the main reason behind these escalations, as it insists on violating the international law, international humanitarian law, and the  fundamental rights of the Palestinian people.

He stressed that  peace and security can only be achieved through ending the Israeli occupation.