PA calls on UN to monitor Israeli settler attacks

Middle East Monitor  /  October 19, 2021

The Palestinian Authority has called on the UN to send officials to monitor attacks by Jewish settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Wafa news agency reported on Monday.

“Terrorism by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank who are currently harvesting their olive crops will not frighten the farmers because they are the true owners of the land,” insisted PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh. He called on the UN to establish a database of settlers involved in these acts of terrorism in order to prosecute them.

Shtayyeh added that Israel has built a bus station for illegal settlers near the West Bank city of Nablus. “It has been built on Palestinian land. This is another step in the theft of this land in violation of international law.” He said that the world’s response to Israel’s illegal settlement project, which is intensifying on a daily basis, must be the formal and full recognition of the State of Palestine.

In conclusion, the prime minister pointed out that, “Israel is the only state which violates the rights of the living as well as the dead.” This was a reference to Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes and destruction of graves in Al-Yusufiya Cemetery in Jerusalem.