Foreign diplomats in Israel say Israeli settlers have given them threatening letters over their respective countries’ criticism of Jewish settlements in the occupied lands.
Diplomatic sources at several foreign missions in al-Quds (East Jerusalem) and Ramallah told AFP on Thursday that they received the letters at a security checkpoint from men who appeared to be Jewish settlers.
The letter warns diplomats to “Go home,” because the meddling of their countries puts their stay in Israel “at risk."
A European diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, "The settlers were inside the checkpoint … They were kind of sharing the checkpoint with the soldiers and that is the part of the story that I don’t like at all."
The diplomat said his mission decided to tighten security measures and is “planning to talk to the Israeli authorities about how they (the settlers) came to be in that checkpoint.”
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says Tel Aviv has not received any complaint in order to go ahead and deal with the matter.
Tel Aviv occupied and later annexed East al-Quds alongside the other Palestinian lands in the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War. The move has not been recognized by the international community.
Palestinians demand al-Quds as the capital of their future state.
The Palestinians say that the defiant construction of settlements is meant to prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state — which has been recognized by many countries.
Israel refused to extend a partial freeze on the settlement expansion projects in late September, thus stalling US-sponsored direct talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA), which had resumed earlier that month in Washington.