Israel has lashed out at EU for censuring the regime’s guilty verdict against a Palestinian activist for protesting erection of the ‘apartheid wall’ in the West Bank.
Tel Aviv’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor rejected as "highly improper" remarks by EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton that described Israeli military court ruling against Palestinian schoolteacher Abdullah Abu Rahma as "illegal."
The court had convicted Rahma last Tuesday of organizing protest rallies against what the Palestinians call the "illegal" apartheid wall in occupied West Bank territories. The sentencing of the 39-year-old activist, who has been jailed since December, was scheduled for next month.
The Israeli erection of what has become known as the apartheid wall cuts Palestinian villagers off from more than 60 percent of their land.
EU representatives attended Abu Rahma’s trial every day. Following the military court’s ruling, Ashton issued a statement voicing serious concern over the judgment. She emphasized that the possible imprisonment of Abu Rahma is intended to prevent Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest in a non-violent manner.
She also added that the EU considers the construction of the barrier on occupied Palestinian land to be “illegal.”
Palmor stressed that Ashton "should respect the ruling of the Israeli justice system,” and refrain from casting aspersions on its legal system, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.