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Palestine slams Israel minister’s call to honour settlers who murdered Palestinian

August 7, 2023 at 10:24 am

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir on January 24, 2023 [Saeed Qaq/Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned in the strongest terms Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir’s calls to honour settlers who murdered Palestinian Qusai Jamal Maatan in “cold blood” and provide them immunity.

On Saturday morning, the Israeli authorities arrested two settlers suspected of killing Maatan after violently storming his village of Burqa on Friday and shooting residents there.

Israeli media outlets said one of the settlers is a spokesman for a member of the Knesset in the government coalition, and an activist in Ben-Gvir’s Jewish Power Party.

In a statement, the Palestinian ministry considered Ben-Gvir’s rants a call to encourage Jewish terrorists to murder more Palestinians. It warned against the Israeli occupation government’s release of the murderers under “false pretexts”.

It also warned of the high rate at which settlers are being armed and deployed on the roads in the occupied West Bank, and the intensification of their attacks on Palestinian towns.

The ministry stressed that Ben-Gvir’s calls are a “new acknowledgement of the Israeli government’s adoption and support of settler terrorists and the speedy acquittal and protection of criminals and murderers” as well as the “extent of the racial discrimination committed by the Israeli occupation authorities in the West Bank.”

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