The Palestinian Authority (PA) has demanded the arrest and trial of the Israeli foreign minister over his recent call for the beheading of those Palestinians who are not loyal to Tel Aviv.
In a strongly worded statement on Monday, the PA’s Foreign Ministry said Avigdor Lieberman should be arrested “because he poses a threat to humanity.”
It said Lieberman’s remarks were “very dangerous,” adding that the “smugness of the killer Lieberman would surely be one of the cases brought before the International Criminal Court [ICC] so that he would stand trial for his crimes.”
The ministry said the remarks were part of an “official Israeli call for ethnic cleansing and an extension of the fascist policies of the [Israeli] settlers.”
Meanwhile, Palestinian Knesset member Ahmad Tibi has likened Lieberman to the Takfiri ISIL terrorists, who follow a practice of beheading.
Lieberman said on Sunday that all Arabs who reside in occupied Palestine and oppose Israel for its discriminatory policies against the Palestinians should be decapitated.
“Those against us, it cannot be helped, we must lift up an ax and behead them - otherwise we will not survive here,” hawkish Lieberman said.
Several former Israeli diplomats, including Alon Liel, who is an ex-ambassador to South Africa and a former foreign ministry director general, as well as former ambassador to France Daniel Shek have spoken out against Lieberman.
“Israel’s number-one diplomat is waving an axe over the heads of citizens of the country that he represents, and in the same breath, he preaches to the whole world about fighting anti-Semitism,” the former diplomats said.
Lieberman has repeatedly called for taking harsh measures against the Arabs living in the occupied territories, whom he calls terrorists because of expressing their solidarity with the Palestinians.
He has even called for issuing death penalties for those who publicly denounce Israeli policies against the Palestinians.
Lieberman is quite known for his controversial comments on foreign policy issues, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, himself a radical, designating him as the “embarrassing foreign minister.”