PFIF Condemns Israeli Blackmail Palestinian To Surrender

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PARIS – Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) condemned Israel’s targeting of a Palestinian family that has been pursuing it for more than three weeks on charges of carrying out a shooting attack in a West Bank settlement on October 7 that killed two settlers and wounded a third.

The Institute, an international human rights organization, said in a press statement that Israeli practices against the Palestinian family of Ashraf Na’alwa constitute inhumane extortion and fall within the framework of collective punishment that violates international conventions.

PFIF deplored arresting Na’alwa’s mother and his brother and sister. They extended their detention for several days without any legal basis or specific charge to pressure Na’alwa to surrender himself.

The institution said that Israeli authorities are prosecuting him as an excuse to impose collective punishment against his family, which is prohibited under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

It added that there are fears of the possibility of activating the Israeli authorities measures to allow the practice of the most severe torture of detainees from the family and friends of Nalwa on the pretext of getting information about him.

The human rights institute pointed to the daily infiltration by Israeli army into the Shweika suburb of Tulkarm, which has a population of about 13,000 who are exposed to storming their houses in order to get information about Na’alwa.

PFIF confirmed that such practices were a clear violation of international law and international humanitarian law and were accompanied by degrading treatment and collective punishment.

The Paris-based Francophone Institute for Freedoms called for the need to establish an international and independent commission of inquiry into Israel’s violations and collective punishment against the Palestinians for its war crimes and international pressure to stop its arbitrary practices.

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