Israel has killed 5 times more Palestinians in the past few months than in the same period of 2021
A human rights group has condemned the latest escalation in violence by Israeli forces against Palestinians in the occupied territories, saying the Tel Aviv regime has killed 5 times more Palestinians in the first four months of 2022 than compared to the same period last year.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement on Sunday that it had documented the killing of 47 Palestinians, including eight children and two women, by Israeli forces in various incidents since the start of the war. year, the Palestinian official said. Wafa News Agency reported.
The number is nearly five times the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during the same period last year, which stood at 10, he added.
We are concerned about the renewed assault by Israeli forces on the #AlAqsa Mosque. When the clashes broke out, Israeli forces trapped dozens of people inside the mosque and injured a number of Palestinians. The Israeli authorities must immediately cease all measures likely to cause further tension. pic.twitter.com/qj4e979gr4
— Euro-Med monitor in the OPT (@EuroMedoPt) April 17, 2022
Euro-Med Monitor also noted that Israeli forces have dramatically escalated the killings of Palestinians in the West Bank and the occupied eastern part of al-Quds over the past few days, following a green light from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
The rights group noted that 18 Palestinians were killed in the first half of the current month, adding that most of them died after Bennett gave full freedom of action to the army , the Shin Bet [domestic intelligence agency] and all security forces to defeat “terror” in the northern West Bank on April 8.
The authorization given by Israeli politicians to the army and security to operate in “full freedom to defeat terrorism” seems to have paved the way for the unwarranted excuse of killing and abusing Palestinian civilians at checkpoints. military control and in towns, villages and towns in the West Bank and eastern al-Quds, the rights group said.
Israeli forces launched large-scale attacks in the West Bank city of Jenin following a shooting by a Palestinian youth in a crowded Tel Aviv entertainment district.
On April 7, a young Palestinian, identified as Ra’ad Fathi Hazem, walked into a pub on a crowded main street in Tel Aviv and began shooting, killing three Israelis and injuring more than a dozen others. .
The 28-year-old, a resident of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, was killed by Israeli forces in a pre-dawn firefight near a mosque on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, called the attack a “heroic operation” and vowed that the “resistance” against the Israeli regime “continues and intensifies”.
Following the heroic operation, Bennett granted “all security forces complete freedom” of operation in an effort to provide a sense of security to the local population.
The Tel Aviv regime has intensified its crackdown on Palestinians since the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, arresting a number of Palestinians in occupied eastern al-Quds, desecrating the al-Aqsa Mosque, imposing new restrictions on the entry of the Palestinian people into the mosque and ordering the demolition of Palestinian homes and agricultural facilities.
Israeli violence, repeated daily, has led to violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians across the occupied territories.
Euro-Med further held Israeli politicians responsible for killing Palestinians, especially unarmed women and children, who were killed in cold blood without posing a threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers.
He also linked the increase in killings of Palestinians this year to new shooting policy instructions approved by the Israeli military on December 20, 2021, which gave the green light for soldiers in the West Bank to open fire on Palestinian youths. throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.
According to Euro-Med, the new instructions made it easier for Israeli soldiers to pull the trigger, leading to a remarkable increase in killings of Palestinians during the year.
The rights group said that of the Palestinians killed, 29 people, including seven children and two women, were killed in shootings without any justification or involvement in incidents related to the killing, which is reflected in the policy of excessive use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinians.
Euro-Med Monitor pointed out that Israel‘s persistence in using deadly force against civilians is the inevitable result of a lack of accountability on the part of the international community, which allows the occupation regime to get away with it. each time with violations.
Authorization by Israeli politicians for military and security to operate in ‘full freedom to defeat terrorism’ appears to have paved the way for the unwarranted excuse of killing and abusing Palestinian civilians#AlAqsa https://t.co/DDQuJD3xOw
— Euro-Med Monitor (@EuroMedHR) April 17, 2022
Euro-Med also denounced the decision of Israeli forces to storm the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied old city of al-Quds, during which more than 150 Palestinians were injured and 400 others arrested, saying the unwarranted attack on worshipers inside the compound reflects the recklessness of policymakers in Israel and an apparent desire for escalation.
The rights group further called on the United Nations to take urgent action to protect civilians in the Palestinian territories and ensure accountability for the horrific killings committed against them.
He also urged all parties concerned to intervene immediately to stop the Israeli attacks, in particular on the al-Aqsa Mosque, and not to allow Tel Aviv to continue committing extremist acts that could lead to an escalation in other regions.