[Photo: Prophet Dawud Mosque in Jerusalem attacked by Israeli extremist groups]
The Palestinian Authority has written to foreign governments urging them to list Israeli extremist groups behind hate attacks terrorist organizations, the foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Those receiving the letters include Canada, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, as well as the Arab League and the Islamic Cooperation Organization, Riad Malki told Palestinian radio.
Last month, the US State Department for the first time included a mention of so-called “price tag” violence in its 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism.
The term is a euphemism for hate crimes by Zionist extremists which predominantly target property of Palestinians in the West Bank and Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Attacks on Christian sites have also increased in recent weeks in an attempt to attract media attention in the run-up to a visit to the Holy Land by Pope France later this month.
The US move was not generally well received in Israel, with police claiming such incidents could not be compared with Palestinian nationalist attacks.
But Justice Minister Tzipi Livni – who is herself suspected of complicity in war crimes – has backed calls to define them as “terrorism,” a measure that would give both investigators and prosecutors greater powers.