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Foreign ministry warns against Israel’s escalating crimes

RAMALLAH, Thursday, October 13, 2022 (WAFA) - The State of Palestine warned against Israel’s escalating crimes, including collective punishment and unlawful blockades imposed on Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in a statement.

The ministry called on the international community to urgently intervene to protect the Palestinian people, in occupied East Jerusalem, Nablus, Jenin, Gaza, and others. 

For the past week, Israel, the occupying Power, has been besieging hundreds of thousands of Palestinians into enclaves, depriving them of access to health services, education, and food supplies, in violation of international law.

“The State of Palestine holds Israel, the occupying Power, fully responsible for the repercussions of its deliberate and dangerous escalation,” said the statement, calling on Israel to immediately cease its criminal policies and practices,

“Collective punishment is a war crime and a form of persecution and is an affront to the elementary principles of humanity, dignity, and rule of law,” it said. 

Israel, the occupying Power, continues to employ such declared criminal policies with full impunity, with the intent to punish the Palestinian people collectively, cause immeasurable suffering to millions of people, and lead to the eventual displacement of the Palestinian people from their homes and lands, added the statement.

“No amount of methodical violence and chaos of Israel’s making will overshadow its willful failure to end its illegal occupation and engage in a political process,” said the ministry.

In line with the international legal obligations respecting state responsibility, the international community should take all measures, including countermeasures and sanctions, necessary to hold Israel accountable for its crimes, it said.

“The Palestinian people will continue to collectively persist and exercise their legitimate right to resist Israel’s crimes until their fundamental rights are realized, respected, and upheld,” the statement concluded.

T.R.

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