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Order to Kill’: Prominent Rabbi Calls for Poisoning Palestinian Water

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has denounced a religious decree made by a prominent Jewish rabbi allowing Israeli settlers in the West Bank to poison Palestinian water sources in Palestinian towns in occupied West Bank. The PLO described the decree as “an order to kill”.

This call is not the first of its kind. Price tag Jewish groups have waged dozens of attacks against Palestinians, uprooting their trees, burning their houses and destroying their places of worship.Schermata 2016 06 21 alle 12.21.39

Rabbi Shlomo Mlma, chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements, has issued an ‘advisory opinion’ in which he allowed Jewish settlers to poison water in Palestinian villages and cities in the West Bank.

Israeli organisation “Breaking the Silence”, stated that the call for poisoning Palestinian water aims to push the Palestinians to leave and pave the way for Israeli Jewish settlers to take over their lands.

The PLO refused to engage in future talks with Israel until it stops building more housing units on what Palestinians consider the land for their future state.

“This is an incitement and a call for killing the Palestinians,” Wasil Abu Youssef, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday. He said such opinionsSchermata 2016 06 21 alle 12.21.31 by Jewish rabbis “prove that Israel is not a real peace partner”.

“Dozens of similar orders were made by rabbis that called for killing Palestinians, robbing their lands and farmlands and destroying their property,” he said.

Some 500,000 settlers live in the West Bank settlement. The international community regard the Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The Israeli government allocates hundreds of millions of dollars annually to expand settlements at the expenses of Palestinians and their resources.Schermata 2016 06 21 alle 12.21.23

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