Archives for 12 December 2018

11 December 2018 – Israeli Incitement and Escalation

Excellency,

I write to draw your urgent attention to the escalation of inflammatory rhetoric, incitement and intimidation by both Israeli officials and extremist settlers against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership, as well as the escalation of military raids and violence perpetrated by the Israeli occupying forces against the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

Israel, the occupying Power, persists with such unlawful, provocative behavior in deliberate and grave breach of international law and the relevant UN resolutions, including its systematic violation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), which called upon both parties, inter alia, “to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia of de-escalating the situation on the ground…” The exact opposite has been done by the Israeli government, which continues to foment hatred and violence against the Palestinian civilian population under its occupation and against the Palestinian leadership. This reckless behavior is heightening tensions, deepening mistrust, and threatens to provoke further instability and violence, which must be averted in order to protect civilian lives. [Read more…]