RAMALLAH, Monday, April 4, 2022 (WAFA) - The recent Israeli escalation of the situation on the ground in the Palestinian territories, including killings, persecution, arrests and allowing freehand for settlers to commit crimes, poses great risks to security and stability in the region, today said Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.
He called in remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting held in Ramallah on the international community to put a stop to these attacks, particularly attempts by Jewish extremists to violate the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site located in Jerusalem, as they prepare to storm the holy compound during the Muslim fast month of Ramadan.
The Prime Minister said that Israel’s justification for the killing of Palestinians as “ticking bombs” warns of a very dangerous escalation, because “Israel considers every Palestinian who is on his land and defends his property as a ticking bomb that necessitates killing him, which is an extremely dangerous matter in light of allowing settlers to carry weapons and kill Palestinians just on the ground of suspicion.”
He held Israel fully responsible for the dangerous consequences resulting from this escalation, calling on the countries of the world, especially those that provide aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), to fulfill their commitments to ensure the continuation of the work of the agency that provides services to the Palestinian people in Palestine and in all host countries in the region.
Shtayyeh applauded the Human Rights Council for adopting in its last meeting in Geneva a decision on the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people and another on the illegality of settlements built on occupied land, welcoming the Council’s adoption of a draft resolution submitted by the State of Palestine on human rights, ensuring accountability and achieving justice.