“Illegal acts” by Israeli authorities increase in West Bank: UN expert

The international community has been urged by a United Nations independent expert to step in to protect Palestinians from violence perpetrated by the Israeli authorities.

Richard Falk

Richard Falk, who deals with the human rights of Palestinians, has expressed concern about what he called a “series of illegal acts by Israeli authorities” in the occupied territories.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Richard Falk said that the violence includes the killing of four Palestinians in the West Bank in the past two weeks by members of the Israeli Defense Forces.

He said a 36 year-old Palestinian woman, died from inhaling tear-gas fired by Israeli soldiers at demonstrators in the West Bank town of Bil’in in December.

Mr. Falk said the events demonstrate what he called “an unacceptable Israeli disposition to use excessive force against Palestinians”.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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