Israel is set to roll out new restrictions on travel from 10 countries on Sunday, a day after a new travel ban imposed on Palestinians and other groups.
The new travel restrictions, which come as the Palestinian Authority and Israel are embroiled in the most violent standoff in decades, are part of a broader crackdown on the Palestinians’ rights.
The move comes as the PA announced it was halting all international flights by air from Israel, the U.S. and Europe, as well as all international visits by Palestinian leaders and others.
The restrictions come after the PA, which has been in power since a 2009 election, imposed a new version of the death penalty on Palestinian prisoners on Sunday.
The new law was widely condemned by human rights groups and other Palestinians, who said it violated international law.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah that the new rules were a “further deterioration of the situation” in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Abbas has blamed Israel for the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the last three years, as Israeli forces have demolished homes and killed Palestinians in cold blood.
“The PA is concerned that the international community has taken steps that may be contrary to its basic rights,” Abbas said.
“We ask the international society to respect the rights of Palestinians and to protect their dignity and freedom.
It is up to us to do it in a manner that respects all of the rights.”
The Palestinian Authority has already imposed a travel ban on Palestinians from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Germany, Australia and South Africa, among others.
In a statement Sunday, Abbas said the measures were a reaction to the recent announcement by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) that it was canceling its joint conference with Israel, scheduled for July 20-21.
The PA has been on a diplomatic offensive against Israel since 2014, when Israel’s military killed dozens of Palestinian men, women and children in an incursion into the West Quds area of the occupied territory.
The PLO and Israel have been at odds over the fate of Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek as their capital.
The UN Security Council last month condemned the Palestinian decision to cancel the conference.
A statement issued by the PLO called the move “a clear escalation of Israeli actions against Palestinian sovereignty, independence and rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Jibril said on Sunday he would meet with Abbas on Monday to discuss the new travel rules.
The PLO, which is recognized as a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people by the United Nations, has said the new restrictions will undermine the prospects for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Palestinian Legislative Council said it would hold a vote on the new measures Monday.
Abbas’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the changes.