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PA: Israel imposing 'collective punishment' on Palestinian people
Published Sunday 15/06/2014 (updated) 15/06/2014 20:45
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Sunday condemned the Israeli arrest campaign across the West Bank and airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, denouncing the "collective punishment of the Palestinian people" by Israeli forces.

Spokesman for the Palestinian national consensus government Ehab Bessaiso on Sunday also reiterated Palestinian insistence that they have no responsibility for security in the settlements, as Israel continued assaults against Palestinians that began after the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers from the Gush Etzion settlement between Bethlehem and Hebron on Thursday.

"The Israeli government cannot hold the Palestinians responsible for security in occupied territories which are not under Palestinian sovereignty and which house dozens of settlements and outposts," Bessaiso said in a statement.

Bessaiso highlighted that the three youths went missing in the approximately 62 percent of the West Bank that is considered Area C and is under full Israeli control.

Bessaiso also said that the detention of 80 people across the West Bank and the bombing of Gaza overnight constitute "collective punishment against the entire Palestinian people," and called upon the "international community and all international human rights organizations to protect the Palestinian people against the Israeli escalation."

Bessaiso highlighted that even Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody were being punished by Israel, through the banning of family visits and "other oppressive procedures," even as around 125 administrative detainees entered their 53rd day of a collective hunger strike.

Bessaiso also said that Israel had imposed a general closure on the Hebron area in the southern West Bank, leaving thousands of Palestinians under siege.

Earlier Sunday, Hamas denied Israeli allegations that their members were involved in the kidnapping of the three Jewish youths, calling the claims "stupid."

Overnight Sunday Israeli forces detained 80 Palestinians including a number of former ministers and top lawmakers and carried out airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, injuring a woman and a 15-year-old girl.

On Saturday, Netanyahu had said he held the Palestinian Authority responsible for the disappearance of the youths, while the PA has insisted it has no authority over the territory in which the youths disappeared.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
15/06/2014 15:28
Collective punishment is warranted. Because each and every Palestinian is ready willing to prevent the finding of the three Israelis.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
15/06/2014 16:52
The Palestinians are responsible for hosting terrorist organizations (Hamas, PIJ, Al Aqsa, Salaafish Jihadists, etc), failing to disarm them (two governments, many many armies), and allowing them to carry out planning and operations for crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Palestinians could indeed shut these illegal organizations down, but their policy is to let them operate withing Fatah and Hamas jurisdictions. Palestine is indeed guilty.

3 ) Mel / USA
15/06/2014 16:55
Well,I guess the PA is not the 'Good Arab' Israeli-proxy any more if,at last, they're using correct terms for Zionist occupation i.e.'collective punishment'of Palestinian civilians.And,lest we forget,Gaza's resistance has every right to act against Zionist cowardly war crimes,again,when it drops hi-tech US BOMBS on 1.7 million trapped civilians in Gaza because of basic,crude,resistance.But then,the Nazi's liked disproportionate torture,didn't they?Being that they were uniformed cowards too!

4 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
15/06/2014 17:00
Collective punishment? The US has locked down cities when they were attacked by terrorists. Israel is locking down the Hevron area so that the terrorists who kidnapped the three children can be captured. Some day the Israelis are going to stop treating Palestinians with kid gloves.

5 ) Jesse / USA
15/06/2014 17:39
Every time a rocket is fired aimlessly into israel, that is also collective punishment. Besides if the situation was reversed the pa would do the same thing

6 ) Tobias / USA
15/06/2014 18:11
Abducting boys from Israel is "collective punishment" too, and "Fighting Fire with Fire" is an accepted & successful tactic !!

7 ) Julie / USA
15/06/2014 19:58
abbas MUST join the ICC and seek prosecution against izrael's war crimes & crimes against humanity. the Palestinian people should NOT suffer one more minute of izrael's brutal & murderous criminality!!!!! this alleged kidnapping is probably fake, orchestrated & staged by izrael to give netanyahu a perfect excuse to torture all Palestinians after reconciliation.

8 ) John Goldstein / USA
16/06/2014 19:34
I hope to God Hezbollah storms in and once and for all take care of the cancer as it did in 2006.

9 ) John Goldstein / USA
16/06/2014 19:37
Brian Cohen, The Zionist Government is an entire TERRORIST organization. They created Hamas, or are you in denial too? They need to provide PROOF there was a kidnapping, as of now, no one is buying this propaganda except the Zionist Govt and the Zionist who support it.

10 ) Free woman / Canada
17/06/2014 05:54
Collective punishment well deserved! Especially for those ululating mothers in black sacks, passing out candy!
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