Israeli Minister Calls for Ethnic Cleansing

The far-right Israeli minister of finance, Bezalel Smotrich, called for the complete destruction of the Palestinian village of Huwara, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, attacked by radical Jewish settlers.

“I think the town of Huwara should be wiped off the face of the earth,” Smotrich, head of a pro-settler party in Netanyahu’s far-right coalition, said at a press conference.

Two days after two Israeli settlers were killed in their cars by a suspected Palestinian gunman, radical Jewish settlers set fire to many houses and vehicles in the Palestinian village of Huwara, killing one Palestinian and injuring dozens.

Israel has been systematically pursuing ethnic cleansing since the Nakba in 1948.

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