Erekat Demands Investigation of 'Executions'

PA chief negotiator silent on knife attacks, demands UN investigate Israel's "executions" of Palestinians.

Dalit Halevi,

Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat
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The Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, is calling on the UN to investigate recent cases in which, he alleged, Israel “executed” Palestinian Arabs without trial.

In a statement he published on Saturday, Erekat once again cited the case of Ahmed Mansara, the 13-year-old terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in Pisgat Ze’ev last week and who PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas later claimed was “executed” by Israel despite the fact that he was alive and well, and Israel had provided proof of that.

According to Erekat, "The occupation forces left [Mansara] bleeding in the street and prevented medical personnel from providing him with medical treatment after he was hit and injured by settlers who used sticks...and that was when Mansara was a helpless child and had not posed a direct threat."

Erekat accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of trying to justify his policy of “oppression” against Palestinian Arabs instead of recognizing their rights and bringing an end to "military occupation of Palestinian land."

"The only way to establish peace and security for all is to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and yet the occupation state insists on imposing a total war against the Palestinian people, a war that will not break its willpower to achieve freedom," he added.

Abbas declared in a speech after last week’s attack that Israel had “executed” Mansara.

In fact, it was Mansara’s cousin Mahmoud who was killed by Israeli police after refusing to put down his weapon and instead charging at officers. The entire attack was recorded on CCTV cameras, and footage was released by police shortly after.

Israeli officials - including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office - immediately slammed the comments as "lies" and "incitement", prompting the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to rewrite the speech only to get the facts wrong yet again.