Israeli officials persist in inciting against Palestinians over fires


The Israeli government has been waging a frenzied incitement campaign through the media against the Palestinians for days, accusing them of being responsible for recent fires in the country.

In recent media remarks, Israel’s public security minister Gilad Erdan threatened to demolish homes of Palestinians proved to be involved in igniting fires in Israeli areas.

He also said the Israeli government would work on taking harsher punitive measures against arsonists through enacting relevant laws.

For his part, Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett said, during a visit to Halamish settlement which sustained extensive fire damage, that Israel would respond to its burning by building more and larger homes for its residents.

For her part, Israel’s culture and sports minister Miri Regev called for stripping those who were behind the recent fires of their citizenship, referring to the Palestinians living inside the green line and possess Israeli documents.

The Israeli police, for their part, said they would ask courts on Sunday to extend the detention of Palestinians suspected of igniting blazes during the last five days.

The Israeli security and military forces had arrested 35 Palestinian citizens accused of lighting fires in Israel (the 1948 occupied lands) and the West Bank, in addition to many others for allegedly expressing personal contentment over the fires on social media websites.

In a related development, the Israeli authorities announced Sunday that their firefighters, with help from other countries, have extinguished blazes that ravaged Israel and the occupied West Bank for about five days and forced tens of thousands to flee homes.

(Source / 27.11.2016)


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