The senior Palestinian official on Tuesday slammed Israel for extrajudicial killing of Palestinians, as well as committing field executions and collective punishment against them.
He also called on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions Christof Heyns to visit the occupied Palestinian territories and launch an immediate probe into field executions carried out by Israeli forces and settlers.
“The Israeli trend of dealing with Palestinians is field executions, then unjust trials that are interpreted in one sentence: good work! Whoever kills a Palestinian in cold blood then it is a good work,” Erekat said.
The remarks come amid recent deadly tensions between the Tel Aviv regime and Palestinians that have been triggered by Israel’s imposition of sweeping restrictions on entries into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on August 26 and Israeli settlers’ repeated attacks on the mosque.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, at least 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces between October 1 and 13.
Palestinians are furious at the settler violence and a plan by Israelis to change the status quo of the mosque that is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. The site is also highly respected by Jews and Christians.
International condemnations have poured in over the Israeli crackdown, with some observers warning that Tel Aviv’s provocations could open the door to a new Intifada against the regime.