ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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PA calls for international rebuke of ‘fascist’ Ben Gvir

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 10, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 10, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The Palestinian Authority demands that the international community condemn Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who reportedly called for treating certain Gazan civilians as combatants yesterday, calling him a “fascist.”

“We demand that all countries condemn the justifications by fascist Ben Gvir and his followers for killing Palestinian civilians,” says a statement issued by the PA Foreign Ministry.

According to Hebrew media reports, Ben Gvir, in a cabinet meeting, demanded that the distinction between combatants and non-combatants not be applied in the case of civilians who joined Hamas terrorists and looted Israeli communities on October 7, as well as Palestinians who handed out sweets to celebrate the murderous assault.

The demand was rejected by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Yariv Levin, according to reports in the Hebrew media.

Ramallah also accuses the Israeli government of carrying out a deception campaign in order to justify its “genocide” in the Gaza Strip and to strengthen its hold on the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The statement calls on the international community to protect the “defenseless” Palestinian people, and on the UN Security Council to stop the war in Gaza and the annexation of the West Bank, “in order to preserve what is left of the credibility of its capacity to perform its tasks.”

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