PLO Erekat Denounces Israel’s New Regulations to Shoot at Palestinian Demonstrators

RAMALLAH, September 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO),, denounced the new Israeli decision to use live ammunition against Palestinian demonstrators in Jerusalem, holding Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu fully responsible ‘for the new crimes to be committed under this new regulation’.

In a statement, Erekat said that Palestine will report on this to the relevant institutions to protect our people, including the International Criminal Court.

“The Israeli government continues to incite against Palestinian lives, with a culture of hate that dehumanizes a whole nation. Israel continues to ignore and gravely break its obligations under international law,” said the statement.

“The new decision expands the level under which Palestinian demonstrators’ lives can be directly targeted in a manner that allows the Israeli forces to shoot Palestinians ‘when the life of a third party is under threat.”

‘It leaves Israeli forces with the wide discretion to estimate situations of ‘threat’, which Erekat stressed ‘ is a mere pretext to justify the escalating Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine.’

Erekat added that, Netanyahu’s government continues to commit crimes against the land and people of Palestine to strengthen Israel’s Apartheid regime, violating the most basic rights for the Palestinians as it does so, stressing that, “Israeli continuous attacks against the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied East Jerusalem set the clearest example for such fragrant violations.”

Erekat called upon the international community to take effective and consequential measures in order to protect our people under occupation, and to end the Israeli government’s systematic oppressive policies and crimes committed against Palestinians on a daily basis.