The Geneva Council strongly denounces the recent actions by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. Disturbing reports indicate that during raids, Israeli forces killed 12 Palestinians and desecrated a mosque, actions that have escalated tensions in the region.
The Palestinian government has labeled the incursion as a “dangerous escalation,” condemning the violation of the mosque by certain Israeli troops. The Geneva Council echoes these concerns, emphasizing the importance of respecting religious sanctuaries to maintain peace and understanding in the region.
The West Bank holds significant importance in the aspirations for a future independent Palestinian state. However, the expansion of Israeli settlements in the area has raised serious obstacles, diminishing the prospects for a viable Palestinian state. The recent surge in violence predates the Oct. 7 Hamas assault on Israel from Gaza, with Israelis reportedly killing at least 287 West Bank Palestinians in the two months since.
The Geneva Council acknowledges Israel’s claims of increased operations against Palestinian militant groups but underscores the need for proportionate and measured responses to avoid civilian casualties. Reports of Israeli soldiers’ actions, including the killing of individuals termed “terrorists” in Jenin, raise serious concerns about human rights violations.
In particular, the incident at the Khalil Suleiman hospital compound, where an unarmed teenager was reportedly shot, is deeply troubling. The obstruction of ambulances and the prevention of critically ill patients from receiving timely medical attention are actions that violate fundamental humanitarian principles.
Furthermore, the reported reading of Jewish prayers inside a mosque in Jenin by Israeli soldiers is a direct affront to religious sanctity. The Geneva Council condemns any actions that disrespect places of worship and fuel religious tensions.
Reports of soldiers conducting house searches, detaining residents, and issuing threats to leave the West Bank are alarming. The Geneva Council calls for a thorough and impartial investigation into these incidents to ensure accountability and justice.
As an independent news organization committed to promoting transparency and human rights, the Geneva Council urges all parties involved to exercise restraint and seek peaceful resolutions to avoid further escalation of violence. We call upon the international community to closely monitor the situation in the West Bank and work towards a just and lasting peace in the region.