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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Press release which the State Department will NOT publish condemning PA for response to Israel killing terrorists on the way to attacking Israel

Press release which the State Department will NOT publish condemning PA for
response to Israel killing terrorists on the way to attacking Israel
Dr. Aaron Lerner 3 April 2022

This Saturday three members of the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic
Jihad (PIJ) were killed when they opened fire on Israeli security forces in
a car chase which stopped them as they were on the way to carrying out a
terrorist attack. Various weapons were found in their car, including guns
and grenades, as well as a will encouraging the continuation of terror
attacks against Israelis. A video on social media showed one of the
terrorists reading out the will prior to setting out for the attack.

Israel's "peace partner" the Palestinian Authority condemned Israel (see
below).

Here is a press release which the State Department did NOT publish:
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today condemned the leadership of the
Palestinian Authority for their profoundly unacceptable reaction to the
deaths of three terrorists who opened fire on Israeli security forces trying
to peacefully prevent them from carrying out a terrorist attack.

"It is NOT a crime for Israel to thwart terrorist attacks and most certainly
not "extrajudicial murder" for Israeli security forces to return fire.

"There is no place for such inciting words on the part of the Palestinian
Authority," Mr. Blinken noted.
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Question: Why won't Mr. Blinken say this?

Question: What does it tell us about Mr. Blinken and the U.S. Administration
who he represents that they decline to say this?


#1 PM Shtayyeh condemns Israel's killing of three Palestinians, demands
international accountability
https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/128664

RAMALLAH, Saturday, April 2, 2022 (WAFA) - Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh
condemned the Israeli army killing earlier today of three Palestinians near
the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

He described it as "extrajudicial murder" and a "horrific crime", demanding
that the perpetrators of this crime and other similar earlier ones be held
accountable before the International Criminal Court.

The Prime Minister called on Israel's leaders "to stop committing crimes and
violations against our Palestinian people, respond to their legitimate
rights to freedom and independence, end the occupation and establish their
independent state with Jerusalem as its capital."

He also demanded that Israel returns the corpses of the three men - Khalil
Tawalbeh, from Jenin, Saeb Abahreh, from al-Yamoun town, near Jenin, and
Saif Abu Libdeh, from Tulkarm - to their families for proper burial.

M.K.

#2 Presidency warns Israeli escalation in Ramadan will explode the situation
https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/128665
RAMALLAH, Saturday, April 02, 2022 (WAFA) Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman
for President Mahmoud Abbas, strongly condemned today that the recent
Israeli escalation which coincided with the beginning of the holy month of
Ramadan, warning that this escalation could lead to an explosion of the
situation.

Last night, a special unit of the Israeli occupation army shot and killed
three Palestinian young men near the town of Arraba, to the south of Jenin
city in the north of the West Bank.

"While many parties are seeking to de-escalate tensions during the holy
month of Ramadan, primarily the United States of America, Israel carries out
this premediated attack, which led to the killing of three civilians at
predawn today in Jenin," said Abu Rudeineh.

He continued, "This Israeli policy constitutes a threat and a flagrant
challenge to international legitimacy and international law. The Israeli
occupation forces must stop all these dangerous practices, which threaten
security, stability and calm. [Provocative] visits by Jewish extremists to
the Al-Aqsa Mosque should also stop, as they will only lead to tensions and
instability."

Abu Rudeineh pointed out that “the only way to achieve security is to compel
Israel to abide by the resolutions of international legitimacy and not to
take any unilateral measures."He urged the international community,
particularly the US administration, to press Israel to stop the escalation.

"We also call on the international community to provide international
protection for the Palestinian people and not to allow double standards,"
added the presidential spokesman.

He stressed, "Jerusalem and the holy sites are a red line, the only way to
achieve peace is to establish an independent state of Palestine with East
Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with Security Council and
international legitimacy resolutions.

"Israel should bear the consequences of this dangerous escalation, whose
repercussions will be dire and dangerous for everyone and the entire region.

M.N

#3 Foreign Ministry urges US administration to intervene to stop Israel's
escalation
https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/128666
RAMALLAH, Saturday, April 02, 2022 (WAFA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Expatriates called today upon the US administration and the
international community to immediately intervene to stop the Israeli
escalation of tensions in the occupied Palestinian Territory.

The Ministry also called in a press statement on the International Criminal
Court to immediately start its investigations into the crimes and human
rights violations of the Israeli occupation and settlers.

Last night, a special unit of the Israeli occupation army shot and killed
three Palestinian young men near the town of Arraba, to the south of Jenin
city in the north of the West Bank.

"This crime is an integral part of the series of daily killings against our
people with the approval of the Israeli political echelon, and are an
explicit call to explode the situation and agitate violence and chaos during
the holy month of Ramadan," the Ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry held the Israeli government of Prime Minister Naftali
Bennett fully and directly responsible for this crime, calling on the
international community to provide international protection for our people.

M.N.
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