On December 22, 2015, a Facebook message from the Palestinian Authority (PA) read: “The message of thanksgiving for the martyrs of the resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is still on the lips of the Palestinian people.”
This message came after two Israeli teenagers were shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, allegedly for refusing to stop throwing stones at them.
In a series of Facebook posts, the PA said it was not responsible for the attack and that its actions “do not reflect the values of the PLO.”
However, the message on the PA Facebook page had been shared hundreds of times by Palestinians and even by Israelis.
The message came on the day the PA was elected as the official political representative of the Palestinians in the UN.
On December 29, Palestinians launched the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, a campaign to demand an independent Palestine, calling on Palestinians to “make it a priority to hold the PA accountable for its acts”.
The PA did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
“The PLO is responsible for its actions,” the message said, but the PLP “is not responsible” for the actions of the PA.
This message was widely circulated on social media.
The PA, with its vast wealth and its status as a global power, is a major actor in the region and the world.
“We are grateful for all of our supporters around the world,” a spokesperson for the PLOs Palestine Solidarism Committee told Al Jazeera.
“For the sake of our people, the PLOSC is taking action to hold accountable the PA for its crimes against humanity, including the killing of Palestinian children and their mothers.”
The PLO has long been accused of supporting the Palestinian armed struggle, but its leadership has been largely silent about the violence that has swept the region.
“When you look at the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli and Palestinian attacks and their impunity in those attacks, you see that the PLOB has not taken a position,” Abu-Hassan al-Aqrawi, the head of the International Campaign to Abolish the PLOT (International Campaign to Free Palestine), told Al-Jazeera.
The PLOB “does not take a position on the use of violence or the use and threat of violence,” he said.
The US State Department’s human rights chief, Sally Jewell, has called on the PLOW, the Palestinian branch of the US Congress, to release information about its human rights record.
The State Department has repeatedly called for the release of information about the PLOG’s human trafficking and its links to the Palestinian security apparatus, including its ties to the PA security apparatus.
“While the PA may be one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world, its actions in the Gaza Strip, in which it has been supporting Hamas and other terror organisations, are in stark contrast to the spirit and principles of the United States,” Jewell said.
“In addition, its failure to take accountability for the abuses committed by its own security forces, as well as its inaction to take meaningful action against Israeli forces that have been responsible for many of the most serious crimes against Palestinians, are particularly troubling.”
The US and Israel have both made statements about the importance of reconciliation with the PA, but neither has made much of the fact that its security forces have continued to kill Palestinian civilians.
In November 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas signed a peace deal that commits the PA to ending the violence and a “political transition” that brings peace and security to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
A month later, on December 17, the US released a statement from US Secretary of State John Kerry, stating that the PA had “a responsibility to uphold the highest level of international law, including international human rights law, and to respect its own human rights”.
In response to the report, Abbas tweeted: “Our children are the victims of injustice in the Middle East.
The time for dialogue is over.
We will not give up until we win.”
In May 2017, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Peter Lerner, wrote an open letter to the PLOC demanding the release and investigation of the soldiers accused of their killing.
“I am deeply concerned about the way in which the PA’s armed forces have targeted civilians in Gaza and the West Jerusalem area, and the impunity they have shown for their crimes,” Lerner wrote.
“Punishments for such crimes should be commended, but they should not be ignored.
The continued killing of innocent civilians by Palestinian security forces in Gaza must be investigated and brought to justice.”
The UN Special Committee on the Prevention of Torture, an independent body of experts on the treatment of prisoners of conscience, has also called for an investigation into the killing.
The International Commission of Jurists, a global body of independent experts, has said that while the PA is accountable, it is not accountable for acts of terrorism and war crimes.
The international community should