‘Repugnant’: US rebukes Israeli remark on Palestinian village | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Washington DC – The United States has criticized a top Israeli minister for saying a Palestinian village has been attacked by settlers.delete“, calling his comments “disgusting”.

A spokesman for US Secretary of State Ned Price also called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “openly and unequivocally” reject remarks made by Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich to the West Bank village of Huwara.

“These comments are irresponsible. They are disgusting. They’re disgusting,” Price told reporters Wednesday. “And just as we condemn the Palestinians’ act of inciting violence, we condemn these provocative remarks that also lead to incitement to violence.”

Smotrich, a far-right Israeli politician who also oversees civil administration in the occupied West Bank, made his remarks days after Israeli settlers storm Huwara and burned dozens of cars and houses.

“I think Huwara village needs to be wiped out. I think the Israeli state should do it,” Smotrich was quoted by Israeli media on Wednesday.

A Palestinian died in a settler attack on Huwara, near the city of Nablus, which occurred between increased violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli forces kill 11 Palestinians during the Nablus invasion last week.

Two Israeli settlers were killed by a Palestinian gunman on Sunday, and an Israeli-American driver was also killed in a gun attack in Jericho, deep inside the West Bank, earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Price reiterated Washington’s call for “measures of equal accountability for extremist actions regardless of the perpetrator or victim’s background.”

But according to a report by the Times of Israel, Israeli authorities arrested only eight suspects – out of hundreds of people involved in the Huwara massacre – and release all of them by third.

Washington has become increasingly critical of the policies of Mr. Netanyahu’s far-right government, including the expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine.

However, Palestinian rights advocates have specific call to action from the administration of US President Joe Biden to prevent further abuses by Israel.

Israel, accused of imposing a racist system by leading human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, receives at least $3.8 billion in US aid annually.

On Thursday, Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), an advocacy group, called on the State Department to impose a US visa ban on Smotrich.

“The Biden administration should not allow senior government officials to incite atrocities against Palestinian civilians to spread the word. violent and hateful Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of DAWN, said in a statement.

“The ‘special’ nature of the US-Israel relationship should have its limits, and banning Smotrich would send an important signal that the United States will not tolerate reckless, dangerous incitement to violence. so.”

Earlier this week, J Street, a Jewish-American group that describes itself as pro-Israel and pro-peace, called on Biden to set “clear red lines and clear consequences” on his policies. of the Israeli government.

“Only then can the Biden Administration truly hope to prevent an escalation of violence and terrorism, advance U.S. interests, protect the rights and lives of Israel and Palestine, and help ensure secure Israel’s future as a democracy,” J Street said in a statement Monday.

Biden, one self-proclaimed nationalisthas repeatedly affirmed its “iron and steel” commitment to Israel, rejecting calls to impose conditions on US aid to the country.

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