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.