Palestine urges investigation into Israeli minister's Arab-killing quote

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said that all law societies from Palestine and Israel must take the Israeli minister’s “I have killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that" quote seriously

Palestine urges investigation into Israeli minister's Arab-killing quote

World Bulletin/News Desk

Palestine's Foreign Ministry demanded that Israel launch an investigation into the "I have killed many Arabs" quote of Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Economy Minister and head of the far right Jewish Home Party.

Palestine's Foreign Ministry said in a written statement that if Israel was suggesting it respected laws, it needed to conduct a transparent investigation into Bennett's remarks and allow lawyers to take part in the investigation as observers.

All law societies from Palestine and Israel must take "those confessions" seriously, said the statement, calling on authorities to prepare a file to try him under international law.

Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper had reported Bennett's remarks from Saturday's cabinet meeting when he was discussing the release of 104 Palestinian inmates with Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu's National Security Adviser Ya’akov Amidror.

Bennett had said “If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them,” while Amidror responded that it was not legal. Following Amidror's reply, Bennett said "I have killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that."

Bennet claimed a quote attributed to him saying "I have killed many Arabs in my life," was taken out of context.

Bennett's spokesperson said when Bennett referred to killing Arabs, it was in the context of operations he participated in while serving in the army.

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