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‘Disgusting’ Call To ‘Wipe Out’ Town

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Geneva: The UN human rights chief denounced the “unfathomable” call by an Israeli minister for a flashpoint Palestinian town to be “wiped out”, urging an end to the violence.

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich made his comments on Wednesday, days after two settlers were shot dead in Huwara, killings, that led Israeli settlers to attack the West Bank town.

“I think the village of Huwara needs to be wiped out,” Smotrich said. “I think the State of Israel should do it.” Later, he tweeted that he “didn’t mean to erase the village of Huwara, but only to act in a targeted way against the terrorists”.

But UN rights chief Volker Turk, speaking before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, denounced Smotrich’s original comments as “an unfathomable statement of incitement to violence and hostility”.

Washington, a staunch ally of Israel, was even more blunt in its response to Smotrich’s comments, calling them “repugnant” and “disgusting”.

A French foreign ministry statement also condemned the comments as “unacceptable, irresponsible and unworthy coming from a member of the Israeli government”.

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Article source: Adelaide Advertiser | 5.3.23

2024-05-08 07:04:10.000000