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Palestine PM: World must open eyes, see daily crimes of Israel

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh (C) chairs a cabinet meeting in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by WAFA news agency)

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has urged the international community to take notice of the crimes Israel commits on a daily basis across the occupied territories.

Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting held in Ramallah, Shtayyeh said Israeli soldiers and settlers would continue to commit criminal activities against the Palestinian people as long as they face no accountability or punishment.

He called on the United States and other Western countries to give up an unconditional support for the regime.

The protectors of Israel” at the United Nations and international platforms need “to open their eyes and hearts and see these crimes committed against our people,” he said.

He criticized the Israeli parliament's approval of a series of racial and discriminatory laws with the aim of perpetuating occupation, annexation, and legitimizing the rights of the Palestinian nation.

Shtayyeh particularly censured a racist "emergency law," aimed at the annexation of the occupied West Bank, as well as a law that calls for revoking citizenship and residency of Palestinian activists in flagrant violation of international conventions and human rights charters.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry recently called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to complete its ongoing investigations into Israeli crimes against the Palestinians and hold the occupying regime to account for its decades-long atrocities. 

The resistance movement Hamas said in a statement on Friday it holds Israel accountable for its continued crimes and violations against the Palestinians and reaffirms that the occupying regime’s acts of aggression will not go unnoticed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the premier also denounced the latest desperate attempts by the new Israeli right-wing regime to turn over large areas of Palestinian land to settlers and seizure of 70 homes and shops in the old city of al-Khalil.

The Palestinian Authority has managed to lobby for a UN General Assembly vote referring Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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