Abbas demands US works to stop 'Israeli escalation in East Jerusalem'
In urget letter to Obama administration, Palestinian president says Israel to blame for violence; PLO asks UN Human Rights Council to appoint an impartial inquiry commission to look into the death of eight Palestinians who were killed by the IDF since the beginning of 2014.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent an urgent letter to Washington on Sunday night, demanding the Americans to interfere in order to stop the "Israeli escalation in East Jerusalem."
Abbas places the responsibility for the clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian rioters in East Jerusalem on the Israeli government.
In his letter, the Palestinian president warned that if Israel continued with its current measures, it would lead to an uncontrollable eruption of violence.
Meanwhile, officials in the Palestinian Authority have harshly criticized Israel for the death of Palestinians during clashes, the most recent of which was Palestinian-American teen Orwah Hammad from Silwad who was shot and killed on Friday as he was about to throw a Molotov cocktail at Israeli vehicles on Highway 60.
"We call on the UN, the European Union and the United States to take immediate punitive actions so that Israel bears responsibility for the use of live weapons and the killing of Palestinian citizens," PLO member Hanan Ashrawi said.
The PLO has also asked the UN Human Rights Council to appoint an impartial inquiry commission to look into the death of eight Palestinians who were killed by the IDF since the beginning of 2014.