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Israel operation in West Bank 'collective punishment'
Published Tuesday 24/06/2014 (updated) 26/06/2014 13:12
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The interim Palestinian government on Tuesday urged signatories of the Geneva Conventions to hold an emergency meeting and appoint a fact-finding commission to investigate the ongoing “vicious” Israeli military campaign and collective punishment against the Palestinian people.

In a statement released after the government’s weekly cabinet meeting, the PA strongly denounced the growing Israeli military operation, and the “killing, terrorism and executions in the field carried out by the occupation army against Palestinian civilians.”

The statement highlighted that Israeli forces killed six Palestinian citizens and detained hundreds including former prisoners who were freed in agreements with Israel. Detentions also included lawmakers and political leaders.

Cabinet ministers based in Gaza joined the meeting through video-conference.

Israeli forces, according to the statement, violated the sanctity of Palestinian homes and ransacked them overnight, destroying and stealing property.

In its statement, the government mentioned details about the consequences of the Israeli military operation which started 12 days ago after Israel announced that three teenage settlers disappeared and were believed to have been kidnapped by Palestinian militants.

The statement urged mayors of Palestinian cities, governors and all officials to keep checking on Palestinian citizens, namely families who suffer from Israeli violations and to support them as much as possible.

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1 ) Paul / Kenya
24/06/2014 22:45
Palestinians support BDS, which is also collective punishment, so dont complain. Tit for Tat you hypocrites.

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
24/06/2014 22:48
Whether Hamas is aware or unaware of who snatched the Israeli teens, Hamas' and the PLO's unwillingness to find the Arab "snatchers", and release the Israeli teens, entitles Israel to continue searching for them, both how it chooses (even if it's collective punishment), and also probably with full international support !!

3 ) Mel / USA
25/06/2014 02:03
Israel's"operation"of occupation,persecution,expulsion,segregation,discrimination,blockade(land sea &air)in the WHOLE OF PALESTINE,since 1947-8 to today,is collective punishment which is still internationally classed as ONE MASSIVE WAR CRIME,not to mention Israel's consistent military attacks,lawless detentions of civilians inlcd.children!Israel is a Zionist state.Zionism=Nazism=racism/bigotry=antidemocratic=anti-Constitutional freedoms=anti-American values/principles!BDS,STOP THE CHECKS!

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
25/06/2014 06:03
Palestinian Authority headed by Abbas is partnered with Hamas. Abbas' partner says the kidnapping of Israeli children is a good thing. All ya gotta do is release them, but Palestinian public opinion appears to support the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilians - including children. How can you feel sorry for the Palestinians when they have such a violent culture of hate?
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