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Statement by Dr. Saeb Erekat on the Assassination by Israeli Settlers of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha

Statement by Dr. Saeb Erekat on the Assassination by Israeli Settlers of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha

01 August 2015 in 2015
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State of Palestine

Palestine Liberation Organization

Negotiations Affairs Department

 

July 31, 2015

 

Statement by Dr. Saeb Erekat on the Assassination by Israeli Settlers of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha

 

We hold the Israeli Government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha (1,5 years old) and the injury of his mother and brother. This is a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism. Since 2004, over 11,000 settler attacks have taken place against Palestinian homes, cars, churches, mosques, trees and others with full impunity.

 

We cannot separate the barbaric attack that took place in Duma last night from the recent settlement approvals by the Israeli government, a government which represents an Israeli national coalition for settlements and Apartheid. By continuing to approve settlements and incite against Palestinian presence, including calls to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, the Israeli government has paved the road for this brutal act. This is the consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government and the impunity granted by the international community.

 

Over a year ago President Abbas requested international protection for Palestinians, a call that has been ignored so far. Today we can see the consequences. We call upon the international community to end its policy of empty statements and to finally do something to protect Palestinians. Exercising the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their protection and ending the occupation, is an international responsibility. 

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