Considering any kind of ‘normalization’ with Israel as fraternizing with the enemy, Abbas’ PA prohibits all Palestinian civilians from any kind of peaceful meetings with Jewish settlers, under penalty of law.
• In seeking help to free the 4 imprisoned Palestinians, PM Netanyahu said, “Where is the outrage of human rights organizations? There is none. To their great shame, they are silent.”
By Daniel Siryoti and Shlomo Cesana
Palestinian Authority security forces released four Palestinians who were arrested on Thursday for attending a holiday event at Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi’s sukkah in Gush Etzion. The prisoners were released after Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, coordinator of government activities in the territories, intervened.
Major General Yoav Mordechai – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Before their release, many in Israel spoke out on the prisoners’ behalf.
Addressing the issue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I call on the international community to work to help free these innocent Palestinians whose imprisonment is yet further proof of the Palestinian refusal to make peace.”
He continued: “Where is the outrage of human rights organizations? There is none. To their great shame, they are silent.
“The silence is neither new nor surprising. These organizations are silent when the Palestinian leadership pays salaries to the families of terrorists, glorifies murderers and calls streets and city squares after them.
“These organizations prove again and again that they are not actually interested in human rights, but only in shaming Israel and libeling it around the world.”
In response to Netanyahu, Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Galon said, “The most enraging thing is how he [Netanyahu] is suddenly pained by not hearing human rights organizations. This would have been worth something had he and his party not worked day and night to silence them [the human rights organizations]. And now he’s sad there’s no one to protect the Palestinians?”
A senior official in Palestinian Authority security services told Israel Hayom that the arrests were in line with Palestinian Authority law, which classifies meetings with settlers as fraternizing with the enemy. The law exists to prevent them from being exposed to incitement, he said.
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