AL-QUDS (Dispatches) – A Zionist store-owner has died after being stabbed in the occupied West Bank two weeks ago, his family said on Tuesday, bringing the occupying regime’s death toll from retaliatory Palestinian attacks this year to 26.
More than 100 Palestinians have been killed by in the same period in what the United Nations said is set to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the organization began tracking fatalities in 2005.
The latest Zionist to die owned a store in the illegal settlement of Kdumim. He received hospital treatment after the Oct. 25 stabbing but his condition deteriorated, his family said.
The regime’s military said it had arrested the suspected assailant in a nearby Palestinian village.
Violence in territories where Palestinians seek statehood has surged since the occupying regime launched a crackdown in March.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian was shot dead on Monday night outside a mosque in the town of Taybeh. Sanad Masarwah, 30, was shot along with another Palestinian in his 20s, who was wounded, eyewitnesses told the Times of Israel.
Medics were called to the scene and rushed the injured pair to Meir Medical Centre in nearby Kfar Saba. Doctors there pronounced Masarwah dead.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, claim the Zionist regime authorities. However, they have yet to make any arrests.
According to Arab48, the incident took place hours after another shooting in the same town in which a Palestinian was hit in the abdomen.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has called on the international community to take on its responsibilities, and stop the regime’s criminal acts as well as continued acts of vandalism and violence by settlers, known as price tag attacks, across the occupied territories.
“These crimes are an integral part of the bloody and systematic Israeli escalation against our people with the aim of breaking their resilience and adherence to their just and legitimate national rights and land,” the ministry said in a statement released on Monday.
The statement added that the Zionist regime is making attempts “to force our people to surrender, coexist with occupation and [illegal] settlements, and accept them as a fait accompli that is difficult to change.”
It described the organized attacks by armed settlers on Palestinian civilians and their land and property as tantamount to the actions of Zionist troops, stressing that they are Israel’s official denial of the just and legitimate rights of Palestinians which have been officially endorsed by the United Nations.
Also on Monday, a three-member rights panel at the United Nations opened a series of public hearings on the Zionist regime’s human rights violations committed across the occupied Palestinian territories.
The five-day trials were initiated by the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The focus of the public hearings was reportedly on the closure orders of a number of Palestinian organizations by the Zionist regime in August and the brutal assassination of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by the occupying regime in May.
Rolando Gomez, the UN Human Rights Council spokesman, said at a news briefing with reporters that the hearings were being held to clarify contentious issues, with both Zionist and Palestinian witnesses being allowed to testify.
Stressing that the occupying regime had not cooperated with the commission’s work, Gomez said members of the regime’s cabinet refused to participate in the investigation after they dismissed the trials on the regime’s rights violations as “sham” and “biased.”