The head of the Palestine Mission in France, Salman El Herfi, accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of « ethnic cleansing » as tensions between Israel and Hamas escalated on Wednesday night.
Guest of Europe 1, this Thursday morning, the head of the Palestine Mission in France, Salman El Herfi, points a finger at the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he accuses of carrying out an « ethnic cleansing ». Last night, in the south of Israel, but also in the metropolis of Tel Aviv and even in the north, rocket alerts resumed.
« It is up to the Israeli government to have the courage to make peace with the Palestinians… Every day, in every city, houses are demolished, people are transferred. It is an ethnic cleansing that Benjamin Netanyahu is doing », denounced Salman El Herfi, head of the Palestine Mission in France, while the latest report shows 67 dead in Gaza, including 17 children, and nearly 400 wounded in the clashes of recent days.
« We have reached out to Israel. We have made sacrifices, Israel has done nothing. Israel wants to annex territories… And you can’t compare the Palestinian people with Israel », says the head of the Palestine mission. However, the current tensions between Hamas and the Hebrew state do not indicate any sign of appeasement for the moment, to the point that the UN fears a full-scale war in the Middle East.
While a six-year-old boy was killed by a rocket in Sderot, an Israeli town bordering the Gaza Strip, bringing to seven the number of people killed in Israel, Salman El Herfi denounced: « we condemn all civilian victims », not without accusing that « the problem is not Hamas. The problem started long before Hamas. The Palestinian people have been subjected to Israeli aggression for more than 70 years ».
The head of the Palestine mission said he was convinced that « you can change everything, but not the geography. We have made huge concessions to have peace. But the extreme right-wing Israeli government has not made any. « The Palestinians are a people under occupation, crushed every day, victims of an apartheid regime. It is time to do them justice, » he said on an issue that has been under debate in Morocco.