Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
Following a series of Israeli setters’ flag marches in the occupied Jerusalem, the EU delegation said that the Israeli settlers’ racist chants and physical violations against Palestinians are alarming.
In a tweet, the EU delegation stated that alarmed by the violence unfolding yesterday in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem in and around the “flag march”. Appalling to see participants engaging in racist chants and physical abuse against Palestinians.
1/2 Alarmed by the violence unfolding today in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem in and around the “flag march”. Appalling to see participants engaging in racist chants and physical abuse against Palestinians.
— EU and Palestinians (@EUpalestinians) May 29, 2022
They stressed that acts of incitement by the Israeli settlers around the Haram al-Sharif must be avoided and the status quo has to be respected.
The EU has called Sunday for the protection of the Palestinians to deter illegal settler violence.
“Last night, Israeli settlers injured several Palestinians, torched cars, and damaged commercial structures in different parts of the West Bank,” the EU Delegation to the Palestinians tweeted. “Rising levels of settler violence only fuel further tensions.”
The delegation added that the Palestinians should be protected in accordance with Israel’s obligations under international law. “This is imperative now to prevent further violence ahead of Ramadan, Pesach, and Easter which coincide in April.”
The EU remarks follow settler attacks, including the vandalism of vehicles, in the town of Turmus Aya, in the Ramallah district. The settlers punctured the tires of several vehicles and sprayed racist anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab graffiti on the walls of houses nearby.
According to the Palestinian Information Centre, eyewitnesses reported on Monday that illegal settlers sneaked into the northern West Bank village of Jalud, near Nablus, and threw sharp objects at parked cars. At least four of the vehicles were set ablaze.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors Israeli violations in the area, said that settlers from the nearby settlement outpost of Adei Ad were behind the latest attack.
Meanwhile, another group of settlers escorted by Israeli soldiers closed a checkpoint near Shufa village in the southeast of Tulkarem and barred Palestinian vehicles from going through the area.
On Saturday the EU Delegation said that they are shocked by yet another killing of a Palestinian child: 15-year-old boy Zaid Ghniam was, south of Bethlehem, reportedly as a result of Israeli occupation fire.
1/3Shocked by yet another killing of a Palestinian child: 15 year old boy Zaid Ghniam was shot dead yesterday in Al Khadir village, south of Bethlehem, reportedly as a result of ISF fire.
— EU and Palestinians (@EUpalestinians) May 28, 2022
They added that In the month of May 2022 alone, 5 Palestinian children died as a result of the continued disproportionate use of lethal force by IOF, bringing the total number in 2022 to 13. So far, not a single perpetrator has been brought to justice. Full accountability is necessary.
The EU stressed that under international humanitarian law, Israel has an obligation to prevent violence against children and protect their rights.
“Children must be protected under all circumstances. This incident must be investigated and full accountability ensured,” EU called.