Israeli brutality continues unabated

ABU DHABI, 10th October 2015 (WAM) – The rapidly deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories is a matter of serious concern, a United Arab Emirates newspaper has said.
The English language daily ‘Gulf Today’ said in a commentary today that merciless killing of five Palestinians by Israeli troops is the latest in a series of deliberate, barbaric attacks unleashed by Israel in the recent days as a provocative tactic.
“Stung by the determined, non-violent resistance, which is drawing increased support from the world community, the occupation forces have been trying all methods to incite peace-loving Palestinians. The atrocities also come in the form of collective punishment, such as punitive home demolitions, that are being stepped up in occupied East Jerusalem,” it added.
In the Israeli city of Dimona, an Israeli teenager stabbed four Palestinian Bedouins who worked for the local municipality.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has spoken out in favour of peaceful, popular resistance, but many youths are frustrated with any lack of progress in peace talks, even while Israeli atrocities continue unabated.
In the past week alone, violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces have been reported in more than 50 different locations, including in East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jenin, Tulkarm and Nablus.
Several Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition in clashes with Israeli security forces and hundreds more have been injured by tear-gas inhalation and rubber bullets.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has rightly cautioned that the high number of casualties, in particular those resulting from the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces, raises concerns of excessive use of force, and violations of the right to life and security of the person.
The paper went on to say: “It should be noted that the use of .22 calibre rifles by Israelis against protesters has caused many Palestinian deaths in the past. A recent poll has revealed that most Palestinians now view an Intifada, or uprising, as the only way to bring about change.”
The recent unjustified restrictions imposed by Israel on Palestinian worshippers at the Al Aqsa compound, unbridled settlement expansion and a visible lack of accountability in cases such as the deadly firebombing of a Palestinian home in July have all fuelled much angst among Palestinians.
The continued demolition of Palestinian houses or the construction of new Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land will only inflame tensions further.
“While the international community well understands the plight of Palestinians and the endless barbarity being committed by Israeli troops, it is stunning to note that no urgent and effective action is initiated to end the occupation and rectify the situation,” the paper concluded.
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