Fayyad says World Silence Reason for Rise in Israeli Violence

RAMALLAH, February 25, 2012 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Saturday blamed the international community’s silence toward Israeli aggression against Palestinian civilians as the reason for an escalation in its violent behavior, according to a statement issued by his office.

He condemned the Israeli shooting to death of Talat Ramiyeh, 25, who was participating in a demonstration at the outskirts of the northern Jerusalem town of al-Ram to protest Israeli police actions against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque earlier Friday.

Fayyad held the Israeli government responsible for Ramiyeh’s death, describing it as “a crime.”

He said that the silence of the international community and not doing what is needed to force Israel to stop its aggession against the Palestinians have contributed to Israeli disregard for the lives of the Palestinian people.

“We have previously warned, and in more than one occasion, all sectors of the international community and on all levels, particularly the Quartet, from the dangers of keeping silent at Israeli use of violence against non-violent protests,” he said.

“We have regularly urged the international community to intervene and exert effort to force Israel to stop these recurring attacks,” he added.

Hundreds of Palestinians participated in Ramiyeh’s funeral in al-Ram, where he was buried, and chanted anti-Israeli occupation slogans.

Violent protests broke out following the funeral where people threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who fired back live ammunition and tear gas at the protesters, reportedly injuring at least one person.

(english.wafa.ps / 25.02.2012)

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