Arab League secretary-general denounces 'racist' Israel

  • 09/10/2015
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi (Reuters)
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi (Reuters)

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi has condemned what he branded Israel's "racist and aggressive" practices towards the Palestinians and urged the United Nations and international community to intervene.

Arabi's Thursday statement came as clashes between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem trigger fears of a broader uprising, even a third intifada.

"The international community and the United Nations must take up their responsibilities in countering the aggressive and racist Israeli practices towards the Palestinian people," Arabi said.

"The continuing escalation of attacks on the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation authorities and settlers threaten to exacerbate the situation in the entire region as the international community remains silent to these crimes."

In a spate of confrontations over the past week, at least seven Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed.

The Red Crescent says 86 Palestinians have been wounded by live fire and 344 by rubber bullets in clashes since October 2.

Arabi said the "arbitrary arrests of Palestinians, burning of their homes and preventing them from performing religious rituals constitute flagrant violation" of UN human rights resolutions.