PLO, PA denounce 'extrajudicial' Israeli killings
Published Wednesday 12/03/2014 (updated) 14/03/2014 17:09
Mourners bury the body of Raed Alaa Addin Zieter, 38, on Tuesday,
after he was shot dead by Israeli forces at the Allenby Bridge on Monday.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority condemned the killing of six Palestinians by Israel in recent days, warning that the violence undermines the ongoing peace negotiations.
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned the killing of six Palestinians in a twenty-four hour period ending Tuesday, accusing Israel of creating "a culture of violence" and being "bent on demonstrating that it is a rogue state with its repeated war crimes against the Palestinian people and sense of exceptionalism and impunity."
"The Israeli government is undermining the credibility of the 'peace' negotiations which have become a cover for Israel to buy the time needed to change facts on the ground while blatantly provoking the Palestinian leadership to withdraw from the talks," she said in a statement.
Ashrawi also called on the international community to take "immediate action" by adopting "punitive" measures in order to hold Israel accountable for the "extrajudicial killing of Palestinian civilians."
"Such incessant and unaddressed crimes will plunge the entire region into great instability and violence," she added.
The PA's presidential spokesperson called the killings a "serious provocation" that would "ruin the already faltering peace process," calling upon the US and the International Quarter to take action to save the situation.
The statements come after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians on Monday and Tuesday, including Saji Darwish, 18, Raed Alaa Addin Zieter, 38, and Fedaa Mohyi Al Deen Majadlah, 23, in shootings in the West Bank as well as Ismail Abu Judah, 23, Shahir Abu Shanab, 24, and Abd al-Shafi Muammar, 33, in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip.
The three killed in the West Bank were civilians shot dead by Israeli forces in separate incidents.
The three killed in the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, were militants associated with the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement who were attempting to stop an Israel incursion into the Gaza Strip, according to the movement.