The Israeli government and the U.S. government have both condemned the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
The U.N. Human Rights Council also condemned the killings and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
The United Nations said on Monday it was “deeply saddened” by the murders, and that the victims’ parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters must be supported.
“I appeal to the perpetrators of these horrific crimes to come to justice,” said U. N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
“The victims were targeted for their ethnicity and political beliefs.
They were targeted because they are Palestinian citizens of Israel, Palestinians in the occupied territories and the state of Palestine,” the U,N.
said in a statement.
“The perpetrators of this barbaric act must be brought, as they deserve, to justice.”
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, denounced the murders and called on Israel to “crack down” on terrorism.
“We cannot allow terrorism to continue,” Abbas told reporters.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemns the killing of three Israelis by Israeli settlers in the Palestinian West Bank, at the West bank village of Nablus, May 24, 2019.
A Palestinian man carries an injured Palestinian boy after an Israeli settler stabbed a boy in the leg near Nabluk, in the southern West Bank city of Nabi Saleh, May 23, 2019.(AP: Khalid Mohammed)The Israeli government also called for Israel to prosecute the perpetrators, and urged other Arab countries to join the U: “Israel should do the same,” the statement said.
Earlier, Abbas told the U.-sponsored United Nations Human Rights Commission that “we must confront terror and violence on all fronts.”
“There is no greater enemy than terror,” Abbas said.
“Terrorism must be confronted, the state must act and justice must be served.”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for nearly a quarter-century.
The violence began in 1988 when a Palestinian group called Tanzim launched a wave of violence that led to the murder and expulsion of more than 700 Palestinians.