ACRI: Protect Palestinians from settler violence

June 11, 2013 20:23


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Ahead of Wednesday's hearing on "price tag" incidents in the Knesset's Interior Committee, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) called on committee members to demand that the state comptroller and relevant authorities to "take responsibility" and carry out a comprehensive analysis of the deployments of security forces to protect Palestinians and their property in the West Bank.

In a letter sent to committee members, Attorney Tamar Feldman, Director of ACRI's Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Department, stressed incidents of violence directed at Palestinians, destruction of their trees, and damage to their property are not new phenomena and that the places and times of their occurrence are well known by the security establishment.

"The long-standing systemic failure of the security apparatus to adequately defend Palestinian persons and property screams for a fundamental and comprehensive examination and a shift in the priorities of the security forces active in the region," Feldman stated.

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