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‘Israel imposes collective punishment on Palestinians due to lack of intl. accountability’

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates (photo by Wafa news agency)

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says Israel finds it easy to impose “collective punishment” against the Palestinians since the regime is hardly ever held to account. 

In a statement on Sunday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates   said the Israeli regime practices the worst forms of discrimination and colonial racism against the defenseless Palestinian people on a daily basis, and before the eyes of the international community, Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported.

The ministry went on to say that the settlers’ attacks against Palestinians occur amid the Israeli authorities’ failure to condemn such raids or investigate them.

“If it was the other way round, the Israeli army and political leaders’ reaction would have been different, and we would have heard a torrent of condemnations and threats against Palestinians,” it said.

Acts of sabotage and settler violence against the Palestinians and their property are commonplace throughout the occupied territories, particularly in the West Bank. However, Israeli authorities rarely prosecute the settlers and the majority of the files are closed due to deliberate police failure to investigate properly.

The latest development comes as the Israeli regime has escalated its deadly attacks against Palestinians in the run-up to Ramadan and sustained the violence throughout the holy fasting month, stirring up anti-Tel Aviv sentiments throughout the occupied territories.

The Israeli regime has also ramped up its violent attacks on Palestinian worshippers in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds in recent weeks.

Last week, thousands of people across the globe took to the streets to deplore Israeli violence against Palestinians at the al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in the occupied territories.

Since last month, at least 25 Palestinians have been killed in attacks by Israeli forces across the occupied territories.

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