UN rights chief appalled by Israeli minister's call to 'wipe out' Palestinian village

Published on Mar 10, 2023
UN rights chief appalled by Israeli minister's call to 'wipe out' Palestinian village
The United Nations human rights chief has voiced alarm at an Israeli regime minister's genocidal call for the obliteration of an entire Palestinian village.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk made the remarks on Friday, three days after the regime's Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said the Palestinian village of Huwara "needs to be wiped out," adding that he thought "Israel should do it."
Speaking before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Turk denounced the remarks as "an unfathomable statement of incitement to violence and hostility."

“The situation in the occupied Palestinian territory is a tragedy, a tragedy above all for the Palestinian people,” Turk told the Human Rights Council as he formally presented a report on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Smotrich's remarks came after hundreds of armed Israeli settlers attacked Huwara and nearby villages and torched dozens of houses and cars. They had been angered at the killing of two Israeli brothers by a Palestinian gunman in Huwara.

One Palestinian was killed during the settler rampage and at least 390 others were injured, with Palestinian media reporting stabbings and attacks with metal rods and rocks.

The Israeli regime's forces and settlers have escalated their deadly acts of aggression against the Palestinians since late December 2022, when Benjamin Netanyahu staged a comeback as the regime's prime minister at the head of a cabinet of hard-right and ultra-Orthodox parties.


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