Erekat: Culture of hatred has become mainstream in Israel

October 2, 2012 14:42

Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the apparent price tag attack against the Dormition Abbey church on Mount Zion in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

"After 45 years of Israeli occupation, a culture of hatred and racism has become mainstream among Israelis. School textbooks and official statements advocating that Jerusalem should be exclusively Jewish, with total rejection of the Palestinian Christian and Muslim identity of the city, have paved the way for gangs of terrorists to attack Christian and Muslim holy sites," Erekat stated.Erekat called on the international community to “assume its duties and hold Israel accountable for its ongoing occupation and violations of international law. This culture of impunity that some countries have granted to Israel has allowed settlers to escalate their racist attacks against Palestinians without any legal accountability.”

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