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Abbas: Killing of Palestinian mother 'cannot go unpunished'

Oct. 14, 2018 11:18 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 15, 2018 1:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas slammed the killing of a Palestinian mother by Israeli settlers, on Saturday, and called it “a heinous crime that cannot go unpunished.”

Aisha Muhammad Talal al-Rabi, 47, a mother of eight children, from the Bidya village near Salfit in the northern occupied West Bank, was killed and her husband was injured, after Israeli settlers hurled rocks at their vehicle near the Zaatara checkpoint in Nablus in the northern West Bank, on late Friday.

Abbas said in a statement that the killing of Aisha was “a heinous crime that cannot go unpunished.”

In addition, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the killing of Aisha, slamming it as “a heinous crime under international law, and holding the Israeli government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, directly and fully responsible for her death.”

The ministry added “The international community should be ashamed of its silence and complicity, the blood of Rabi, and the tears and pain of her family and children. The international community should defend its remaining credibility, if any, through speeding up international protection for Palestinians and implementing the resolutions of international law, particularly resolution 2334.”

The ministry said it is following up on the crime with the International Criminal Court (ICC), in order “to hold the criminals accountable.”

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Palestinian government, Yousef al-Mahmoud, also strongly condemned the killing of Aisha by Israeli settlers.

He described the killing of Aisha as a “terror attack,” holding the Israeli government responsible for the rise in attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians living under occupation.

Al-Mahmoud demanded immediate implementation of international law in the occupied Palestinian territories and providing protection to the Palestinian people.
Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Israeli settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist settlers.

However, the Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

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