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PLO: 56 Palestinians killed, 897 injured since peace talks began
Published Wednesday 19/03/2014 (updated) 21/03/2014 12:58
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November 13, 2013 (AFP Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces have killed 56 Palestinians and injured 897 since the resumption of peace negotiations with Israel in July, the Palestine Liberation Organization said Tuesday.

"Israeli violations of international law and human rights continued unabated. Rather than demonstrate goodwill during this period, Israel has done the opposite, with the aim of derailing the US peace efforts led by Secretary of State Kerry," a PLO statement said.

There have been over 500 settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied West Bank and Israeli forces have arrested over 3,000 Palestinians in 3,767 military raids.

Israel has also begun work on 10,509 housing units in illegal settlement while simultaneously demolishing 146 Palestinian homes, the PLO said.

The numbers did not include 15-year-old Yousef Nayif Yousef Shawamrah Abu Akar, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday in the southern West Bank.

Witnesses said the victim had been foraging for local plants when he was shot, but the army claimed he and two others had been vandalizing the security fence.

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the United States after nearly three years of impasse.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements since peace talks began.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) American Realist / USA
19/03/2014 23:50
This is how Israelis always negotiate. And one reason they never have made progress on anything with Palestinians. The Israeli gov prefers land to end of the conflict.

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
20/03/2014 19:11
Coexistence and Zionism is impossible. What more proof do you need.....

3 ) Outlier / USA
20/03/2014 21:54
Violent protests have their costs. Palestinians share responsibility for the numbers, and playing innocent does not detract from that fact.

4 ) Someone / Somewhere
26/03/2014 11:47
They have every right to protest. Violent protest has led nowhere, non-violent protest has turned nowhere- where else are they supposed to turn? ^^ Beyond that... I really wish the US would take its nose out of the whole affair. It is clear Israel has no intent to negotiate/make peace and is doing everything in its power to undermine the process.

5 ) to #4 / somewhere
15/04/2014 06:59
"Violent protest has led nowhere, non-violent protest has turned nowhere- where else are they supposed to turn?" Ohh idk to the negotiating table? Where the hell are the moderate Palestinians, how come you never hear about them? Id assume because they are almost non-existant. Maybe there are so many Palestinian deaths and injuries because there is so much Palestinian violence, and the way the Palestinians lie they probably have people with mosquito bites on that injured list.
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