PLO Erekat: Leadership Will not Remain Silent in Face of Continued Israeli Escalations

RAMALLAH, October 7, 2015 (WAFA) – PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat said on Wednesday that Palestinian leadership will not remain silent in the face of the persisting Israeli escalation in the occupied territories, and will continue to report all Israeli “crimes” committed against Palestinians to the International Criminal Court.

Erekat’s statement came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a series of punitive measures aimed at “deterring” Palestinians from carrying out attacks against Israelis, including demolition of the family homes of Palestinians suspected with being involved in attacks against Israelis.

Erekat slammed Netanyahu’s decision as a collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population”, a breach of Israel’s obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a war crime under international law.

“Netanyahu’s announcement is a reminder to the international community of the urgent need for international intervention to protect the occupied Palestinian people from relentless attack by the Israeli military forces and terrorist settlers,” Erekat said.

“Concurrent with this Israeli escalation, Netanyahu insists on consolidating Israel’s racist oppressive policies across occupied Palestine, and particularly in and around occupied East Jerusalem, through further demolitions, expropriation, and murder,” stated the statement.

He stressed that Netanyahu and his right-wing extremist government “cannot and will not break the will of our people to fulfill our inalienable rights in an independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

“The Palestinian leadership will not remain silent. We continue to report all Israeli crimes committed against our people to the International Criminal Court, and to call upon world leaders to take immediate action to prevent such crimes,” concluded the statement.