FM urges world leaders to declare 'price tag' perpetrators terrorists
Published Monday 12/05/2014 (updated) 14/05/2014 10:16
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has contacted various international organizations and influential foreign governments and urged them to list perpetrators of "price tag" attacks as terrorists, a senior official said Monday.
Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma'an that he had sent letters to the UN Secretary-General, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in addition to the foreign ministries of the US, the EU, Russia, and Canada.
In the letters, al-Maliki asked the recipients to designate Hilltop Youth, an ultra-nationalist Israeli youth movement, as a terrorist organization along with other groups linked to "price tag" attacks in Israel and the West Bank.
"I provided a complete file depicting all the terrorist attacks these organizations have been carrying out," al-Maliki said.
The letter includes quotes from Israeli media and Israeli officials who consider the groups "terrorist organizations."
"Price tag" attacks within Israel, in addition to attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, were included in the US State Department's 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism, published April 30.
The perpetrators of violence against Palestinian communities are rarely prosecuted. There are hundreds of racist attacks against Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank every year.