Spain 'deeply worried' over Palestinian deaths from Israel's use of force
ByJTA
29 January 2016 21:03
Spanish foreign ministry also said that Palestinian murders of Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Palestinian attacks on other Israelis are "terrorist attacks" and "hate crimes."
An old Palestinian man prevents Border Policemen from shooting at protesters in Hebron

An old Palestinian man prevents Border Policemen from shooting at protesters during clashes in Hebron. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Spain’s government expressed “deep concern at the loss of many dozens of lives” of Palestinians as a result of Israel’s “use of force” in response to attacks against its citizens.

The statement Tuesday by the Spanish foreign ministry also said that Palestinian murders of Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Palestinian attacks on other Israelis are “terrorist attacks” and “hate crimes.”



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



However, pro-Israel activists lambasted the ministry for the statement, which the ACOM lobby group condemned Thursday as “infamous” and creating a false moral equivalence between aggressor and victim.

The Spanish ministry’s statement was in reaction to the killing of Dafna Meir, a Jewish mother of six, on Jan. 17 at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel, and two other attacks that occurred thereafter in settlements, the statement said.

But, in addition to condemning those attacks, the statement read: “The government is also deeply worried about the loss of many dozens of human lives among the Palestinian population as a consequence of the use of force by agents of Israeli authorities in reaction to the attacks and calls on all parties to abandon all acts of violence or instigation thereof, as those can exacerbate the situation.” The statement added: “It is necessary to break this cycle of violence.”

But to ACOM, the statement suggests that the ministry “explains that the Palestinian kill as a logical result of the use of force” by Israelis, noting that many of the Palestinians killed in recent weeks were shot while trying to kill Israelis.

“The ministry apparently considers attacks against Jewish girls in supermarkets and others comparable to shooting the terrorists that perpetrate them,” the organization wrote in a statement Thursday.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of justifying Palestinian terrorism when he said about these attacks that, “As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel news
  • West Bank
  • spain
  • Prev Article
    Italian professors demand boycott of Israel's 'pro-occupation' Technion
    The prototype of the Oblijet supersonic drone lifts off on its maiden flight
    Laurent Fabius Israel
    Israel slams French peace plan as encouraging Palestinian intransigence
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Israel Katz‏
    23 January 2017
    Transportation minister plans to build artificial island off Gaza coast

    By HERB KEINON

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 6 - 20
      Beer Sheva
      9 - 20
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 6 - 14
      Jerusalem
      7 - 17
      Haifa
    • 12 - 23
      Elat
      10 - 19
      Tiberias