Appeal from Palestinian Medical Relief Society

In light of the current climate of tensions in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem particularly which has led to deadly attacks on civilians and the unacceptable systematic use of lethal force by Israeli forces against Palestinians, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) calls for the respect of international humanitarian law and condemns in the strongest terms the excessive use of lethal force by Israeli forces which has resulted on several occasions within the past three weeks in what can only be described as executions of Palestinian men and women.

PMRS calls on international non-governmental institutions, as well as all levels of international civil society to demand Israel respect its obligations under international law and pressure the Israeli government to abandon at once its logic of brutal repression and unrestrained use of force against children and young people.

Since a settler attack burnt a baby alive and killed both his parents in the village of Duma in the West Bank in July 2013, the security situation has steadily deteriorated within the West Bank and East Jerusalem, culminating in the violence that has dominated the past few days resulting in several civilian fatalities.