RAMALLAH, Wednesday, June 07, 2023 (WAFA) – Settler attacks are part of Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism intended to do away with the Palestinian presence, according to Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Riad Malki.
Foreign Minister Malki stated that setters attacks against Palestinians and their property are perpetrated under army protection with the support of the current Israeli far-right government and incited by senior Israeli government ministers including Jewish supremacist National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who openly supported the recent pogrom by facist Jewish-Israeli militias against Palestinians in Huwara near Nablus.
He stressed that such attacks are the most eloquent proof that the Israeli government is engaged in doing away with the Palestinian presence, particularly in Jerusalem and Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the occupied West Bank.
Malki made his remarks during a meeting with a German parliamentary delegation, led by Jürgen Hardt, foreign policy spokesperson for the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group in the Bundestag at the Ministry headquarters in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
He briefed the delegation on the latest developments on the Palestinian arena, with particular focus on Israeli ongoing colonial settlement expansion, land pillage, home demolitions, forcible expulsions, and extrajudicial killings, such the recent killing of a 3-year-old toddler in Nabi Saleh village, northeast of Ramallah, all of which are an integral part of Israel’s decades-long brutal settler-colonial and apartheid policies against indigenous Palestinians intended to forcibly displace indigenous Palestinians and steal their land.
The top Palestinian diplomat pointed that Israel has entrenched its settler-colonialism of the of the territories that have been occupied since June 1967 by accelerating de facto annexation of more swaths of the occupied territories and establishing a parallel regime of apartheid that safeguards the narrow interests and privileges of the supremacist settlers.
He urged the international community to translate its condemnations of Israeli practices into practical deterrent steps that would oblige Israel, the occupying power, to respect international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.
He concluded by commending the Munich Quartet, which is composed of Germany, Jordan, Egypt and France, for its role in reviving the long-stalled peace process, called it to play a more effective role and urged the Bundestag to form a German-Palestinian parliamentary friendship group.