Volume. 11968

Israel uses 'excessive force' against Palestinians: Amnesty International
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Israel99.gif"Illegal use of excessive and lethal force by Israel raises dangerous concerns," a letter sent by Amnesty International to the Palestinian Authority (PA) said.

Acting executive director of the organization in the Middle East and North Africa Said Bou Madouha sent the letter to the PA Ministry of Information, according to the Middle East Monitor.

The PA has previously called for human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, to take more effective measures to protect the Palestinian people from the increasing Israeli crimes.

Bou Madouha said his organization has issued a report entitled "Trigger-happy: Israel's use of excessive force in the West Bank", which details Israeli aggressions against Palestinians.

The report describes increased bloodshed and human rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories as a result of the Israeli forces' use of "unnecessary, arbitrary and brutal force" against Palestinians since January 2011.

Deputy PA Information Minister Mahmoud Khalifa called upon the Palestinian institutions to supply data and proofs about Israeli practices against the Palestinians.

Jordan protests against violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Meanwhile, Jordan's Foreign Ministry summoned on Monday the Israeli ambassador in Amman, Daniel Nevo, to officially communicate the government's protest against Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, Jordanian media reported.

Nevo was informed to pass this message immediately to the Israeli government, which was described by the Jordanian side as a "de facto occupation authority" responsible for the safety and security of Al-Aqsa Mosque, worshipers, Awqaf employees and religious students.

The ministry described the Israeli offences as "grave violations" of international and humanitarian law, as well as a threat to the peace agreement between Jordan and Israel. It warned that these practices severely harm relations between the two countries.

The reported Israeli violations include: infringing upon the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque; arresting Palestinians; committing acts of aggression against worshipers, religious students and the Awqaf employees that are in charge of the Mosque; and imposing restrictions on Muslim worshipers while protecting extremist Jews illegally touring inside the Mosque.

As per an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, Jordan maintains guardianship over the holy sites in occupied Jerusalem.
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