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UN Mideast peace envoy condemns Israel's arrest campaign
Published Friday 20/06/2014 (updated) 22/06/2014 14:24
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An elderly Palestinian man sits near Israeli soldiers taking part
in a search operation for three Israeli teenagers, on June 18,
2014 in the West Bank village of Tapuah. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, on Friday expressed concern over Israeli arrest operations in the occupied West Bank, as a mass campaign to detain Palestinians entered its eighth day.

"The Special Coordinator is deeply concerned by reports that Israeli security operations in the West Bank since the abduction of three Israeli students have resulted in over 300 Palestinians arrested, many injured, and three Palestinians killed, including one minor this morning."

Serry urged Israel for "restraint" and to carry out all security operations in compliance with international law and "respect for the lives, dignity and livelihoods of Palestinians."

"It should thus seek to minimize the impact of security operations on individuals who have committed no offense and investigate allegations of excessive use of force, including the killing of civilians."

Since last Friday, Israeli military forces have imposed severe restrictions on movement in the Hebron area, home to over 600,000 Palestinians, and have carried out daily arrest operations which have seen 330 Palestinians detained.

Three Palestinians have been killed, including a 14-year-old boy on Friday, as a wide spread search campaign for three missing Israelis has morphed into a full assault on Hamas members across the West Bank.
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1 ) Marianne / Denmark
20/06/2014 21:45
Finally a reaction from thr UN to stop this madness

2 ) al Orange / Mars
20/06/2014 23:14
Exterminate them all everywhere.

3 ) @ Mr Serry / Both Peoples
21/06/2014 05:10
BOTH PEOPLES HAVE RIGHTS TO "life, dignity and livelihoods" (or neither do), and UN Special Coordinator, Serry, must urge Palestinians - "to carry out all their RESISTANCE operations (aka, Terrorism & War Crimes) in compliance with international law AND RESPECT for the lives, dignity and livelihoods", and - to release the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. And, since PALESTINIANS have & will REJECT such urgings, Mr. Serry Should Stop Urging "RESTRAINT & RESPECT" From Israel.

4 ) shirly / -
21/06/2014 13:06
UN Condemning is not enough(for each of these occupiers settlers"kidnapped"is a Palestinian youth killed)this barbarian killer settler society should be overthrown disarmed and disempowered.After these events of the last days,I'm sure that the everything the Jews cause are rivers of blood-in Palestine,Lebanon,Syria,Iraq,Egypt more;they should not have the right to exist in the ME.I would love to demolish netanyahus house throw him and his settler government in the dungeon and let them starve.

5 ) @ Shirley-4 / USA
21/06/2014 17:23
-1- The UN Condemning is too much, and more than Palestinians deserve, since Palestinians held an Israeli soldier in Gaza for 5 years, and they intend a repeat for these 3 Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, and -2- IF Israel search for the 3 Israeli teenagers in the West Bank serves to "overthrow, disarm, and disempower the barbarian killer" Hamas society, THEN the whole world should be applauding, instead of condemning !!

6 ) Maureen / Australia
21/06/2014 17:59
One media article stated the three missing squatters were hitch hiking when they disapeared. Doesn't that sound odd given the fact that Zionists are always bleating how Palestinian "terrorists" are around every corner?

7 ) Joe / USA
21/06/2014 20:15
I guess they hope to find the 3 missing in a Palestinian home drinking coffee. There is no kidnapping happened anyhow. Usualy kidnappers have demands to ask for their release. In this case no demands were sent, therefore there is no kidnapping. Why would they keep them for anyhow. And it couldn't be Hamas anyhow, they were objecting on the unity earlier, so Hamas is not too fond of that unity anyhow. So why Hamas has to kidnap anyone to have the unity dissolve when they can just pull away.

8 ) @ Mars-2 / USA
21/06/2014 21:10
Arabs & Muslims "Exterminate", but Israeli & Jews do Not !! However, Israel should deport or displace the Arab populations, first one village, and then one city at a time, until there is no one left to help hide the Hamas kidnappers and their 3 teenage Israeli victims !!

9 ) Alice / Wonderland
21/06/2014 23:22
Well it looks like UN Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry, is about to become persona non grata in Israel. Avigdor Lieberman has just accused him of trying to funnel $20 million dollars to Hamas (see Haaretz). The story gets better & better!!

10 ) Gavriella / Israel
22/06/2014 08:54
Do we think that the abductors were really a HAMAS or really should be a Palestinians? Or is it really made a purpose to trigger conflicts between Arabs and Jews? Think of those melodrama by Israeli's government...Just think over what Netanyahu threats against the Palestinian after declaring its new sets of Palestinian leaders, in which it raised tensions to the Israeli? This tale-telling of abductions might be a political strategy purposely to ignite worse conflicts, and illegal detentions.

11 ) Lena / USA
22/06/2014 19:42
While people are assuming that Palestinians have "kidnapped" the settler teens, I hope the Israelis are not neglecting the possibility that the teens have actually been abducted by some crazy Israeli murderer. Let's not forget murderers who escape justice by fleeing to Israel. How about a wacko like Sheinbaum? The world is full of psycho killers. The Israeli gov't's glee over having an excuse to further oppress the Palestinians may have doomed those kids to a far worse fate.

12 ) Guiseppe / Italy
22/06/2014 20:21
I hope the UN condemn the continued use of deadly force being used against Palestinians, which Netanyahu excuses as 'self defence'. Current death toll five dead I believe, so far. How many more have to die? Personally, I do not believe Hamas or a Palestinian faction kidnapped those boys, although I hope they are safe. All Palestinians must remain strong & pray that justice prevails. To me this is political, pure & simple. Horrible watching from the sidelines as people have their lives destroyed.
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