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Palestinians appeal for intervention to stop Israeli ‘violations’. (Photo : AA)

Ramallah,  21 Sya’ban 1435/19 June 2014 (MINA) – Palestinian officials Wednesday called on the international community to intervene to rescue hunger-striking prisoners and to stop what they termed as “Israeli violations” against the Palestinians.

“The Israeli government has been punishing the Palestinian people in general and the prisoners in particular since Palestinian factions signed their reconciliation agreement in Gaza,” Minister of Detainees Shawqi Issa told a press conference in Ramallah, Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

He said that Israel has intensified its punitive measures since three Israeli settlers went missing in the West Bank last Thursday.

Rival groups Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation deal late April to heal their years-long rift, which resulted in the formation of a unity government.

In Israel, the deal received cool reception with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of preferring Hamas to peace with Israel.

Israel accused Hamas of abducting the three settlers and launched a massive campaign of detentions against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Issa likened Israel’s conduct following the disappearance of the three teens with that of a “furious fox”.

“It destroys everything around it, even as there is nothing to prove that Palestinians were involved in the alleged kidnap of the three settlers,” he said.

He went on to accuse Israel of violating international laws by collectively punishing the Palestinian people, calling for “international intervention” to stop the Israeli practices.

Issa also called on Egypt to intervene following the Israeli detention of Palestinians who were freed in 2011 as part of a prisoner swap deal sponsored by Egypt.

Khalida Jarrar, the head of the Detainees Committee at the Palestinian Legislative Council, meanwhile, called on the Palestinian leadership to appeal to the United Nations to intervene to what he described as Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinian people. (T/P012/E01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)

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