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Israel has multiple-nationality Palestinians in cross hairs: PA minister

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, center, speaks at the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority (PA), in the occupied West Bank. (By Wafa news agency)

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has said Israel’s new “racist” restrictions on the entry of foreigners into the occupied territories are meant to target the Palestinians holding multiple nationalities.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority (PA), in the occupied West Bank, Shtayyeh said the restrictions will in large part impact Americans and Europeans of Palestinian origin, activists, volunteers, employees of foreign companies as well as lecturers at Palestinian universities.

The prime minister said Washington, the great supporter of Israel, should compel the regime to retract the restrictions, which will be implemented next month.

The Palestinian minister also called on the United Nations and its member states to express opposition to Israel’s demolition of Palestinian-owned structures across the occupied land.

According to UN reports, Israel has razed 9,000 buildings since 2009. It has led to the displacement of 13,000 Palestinians.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said in a recent report that Israel had demolished 55 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank and East al-Quds in a time span of over two weeks.

Elsewhere, the prime minister urged international organizations to pursue the issues of Israel’s extrajudicial execution policy and the slow and deliberate death of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Rights advocates have documented numerous cases of Israeli soldiers gunning down peaceful Palestinian protesters across the occupied territories.

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