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Foreign Ministry: Palestinians’ human rights violated in favor of Israelis’ security, freedom

Israeli soldiers block roads and entrances to Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank. (File photo)

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says Israel is violating Palestinians' human rights on a massive scale, including through restriction of their freedom of movement, to ensure security and freedom of Israeli settlers. 

In a statement released on Monday, the Ramallah-based Palestinian ministry denounced the blocking of numerous checkpoints and the entrances of Palestinian cities, including Jericho and Nablus.

The punitive measures and restrictions were imposed by the Tel Aviv regime on Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The ministry said the restrictions were a form of collective punishment against the Palestinians.

The ministry accused Israeli authorities of turning the Palestinian people’s holidays and occasions into tragedies, while settlers celebrate their holidays freely.

Elsewhere in the statement, the ministry said Israeli settlers are left free to attack Palestinian property, but all the while the Palestinians are forced to restrict their movement. It said it is following up on Israeli crimes against Palestinians at all levels, including at relevant international and European courts.

During Ramadan, Israeli authorities imposed strict restrictions on the entry and exit of the Palestinians to and from the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque. Amid heightened tensions with Palestinian worshipers, Israeli settlers also pressed ahead with their frequent incursions and provocative rituals at the holy site.

Israel’s recent acts of violence at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound have drawn global condemnation.

On Sunday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League condemned the Israeli regime’s escalations and repeated assaults on the sacred Muslim and Christian sites in the Old City of al-Quds, particularly the recent incursion into a prayer area at the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The general secretariat of the 57-member OIC, in a statement deplored such attacks as a flagrant violation of international law, the Geneva Conventions, and international resolutions, saying the attacks amount to incitement and a serious provocation to the feelings of some two billion Muslims worldwide.

Palestinian resistance movements in the besieged Gaza Strip have been warning the regime it would have to bear the consequences of the flare-up it has brought about in al-Quds and beyond.

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