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Israeli minister calls for execution of Palestinian prisoners

Israel’s Minister of Transportation, Yisrael Katz.
Israeli minister, Yisrael Katz [file photo]

Israel’s minister of intelligence and communications has called for the death penalty to be enforced on convicted Palestinian prisoners. Yisrael Katz said on social media that Marwan Barghouti, for example, should have been given the death penalty instead of being sentenced to life imprisonment. The popular Fatah personality is currently leading a hunger strike to improve prisoners’ conditions in Israeli jails.

“Israeli military law authorises the use of the death penalty for terrorism,” explained Katz. His view is supported by several Israeli officials, including far-right Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman who has made the same call in recent years.

Israel 13 ‘arbitrary’ laws specifically against Palestinian prisoners

Military courts run by the Israelis administer their own form of justice across the occupied Palestinian territories, but only for Palestinians, including children; Jewish settlers are subject to Israeli law. The death penalty is available to the courts on condition that the judges — senior officers — agree on the verdict unanimously.

Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners began a hunger strike on Monday to demand improvements in their detention conditions.

Read: Israel braces for Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike

Hunger striking palestinian [Carlos Latuff/Wikipedia]

Hunger striking palestinian [Carlos Latuff/Wikipedia]

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  • Mike Sotarios

    It is this evil creature and his satanic brethren who should be eradicated if there is to be peace and tranquility not just in occupied Palestine but the entire planet. The descendants of Satan, killers of the Lord Jesus Christ are the source of all evil in the universe. With that said, they are all foreign invaders and illegal aliens in Palestine. They like this diabolic Katz creature descended on Palestine from Poland, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, U.S., Britain, France, Ethiopia to terrorize and murder the indigenous people and steal their land. It is time to eradicate Zionism and all those who subscribe to it or support it in any fashion.