UN: Israel violates humanitarian law in Palestine

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York [Twitter]
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York

United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet announced on Friday that Israel continues violating humanitarian law in Palestine.

Bachelet presented three reports to the UN Human Rights Council’s 49th session concerning the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, stating: “The human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory deteriorated further during the reporting period, and violations of international humanitarian law continued and increased.”

The report covered the period from 1 November, 2020, to 31 October, 2021.

Bachelet disclosed: “261 Palestinians were killed [in Gaza], including 41 women, 67 children, and three people with disabilities, most in Israeli strikes… Over 2,200 Palestinians were injured.”

She added: “There were serious concerns regarding Israel’s compliance with the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions under international humanitarian law. These concerns arose from a high number of civilian casualties, extensive damage to civilian objects and infrastructure, the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in densely populated areas, as well as the apparent absence of specific military objectives.”

At the same time, she indicated: “Israel’s continued use of collective punishment practices, expressly prohibited by international humanitarian law, violated a number of human rights,” citing the blockade of Gaza, which has entered its fifteenth year.

UN official: Human rights situation in occupied Palestinian territories ‘disastrous’

She said the collective punishment in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem “disproportionately affected women and children” and that: “Israeli authorities also withheld the bodies of 23 additional Palestinians, including children, killed by Israeli Security Forces during this period.”

Regarding Israel’s use of lethal force, she said: “My office also documented several cases in which Israeli Security Forces used lethal force when less lethal means could have been sufficient, or where an assailant no longer posed a threat.”

Bachelet stated that the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied has persisted: “The number of new tenders and constructions increased. Settlers established 13 new outposts, illegal also under Israeli domestic law.”

During the period of her reporting, Bachelet cited: “Israel demolished 967 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, the highest number since the United Nations started recording this data, displacing 1,190 Palestinians, including 656 children.”

In the report, she said: “The Bedouin community of Humsa Al-Bqai’a, Israeli authorities demolished 196 structures, displacing 365 Palestinians, including 209 children. These actions placed the community under extreme pressure to move and appear to have led to at least 98 people leaving their homes.”

Bachelet also said that the Israeli occupation forces killed ten anti-settlement peaceful protesters and injured almost 11,000 others during the reporting period.

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(Source / 26.03.2022)

Israeli forces open fire, water cannons at fishermen in Gaza

Gaza Strip (QNN)- Israeli occupation’s navy opened fire on Saturday at Palestinian fishermen sailing off Al-Sudaniya area in the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said the navy opened fire towards the fishermen while sailing at about three nautical miles west of Al-Sudaniya.

The forces also shot the fishermen and their boats with water cannons and tried to sink one of the boats.

The heavy fire forced the fishermen to return to the shore.

Israeli navy deliberately targets fishing boats on a daily basis.

The Israelis open fire, use water cannons, and damage fishing nets and boats’ engines.

(Source / 26.03.2022)

Qatar reiterates firm support for Palestinians

Geneva (QNN)- Qatar has reiterated its firm position in support of the Palestinians until they recover all their legitimate rights.

Rashid Al Suwaidi has reiterated his country’s support of the Palestinian people, the Peninsula Qatar reported.

Al Suwaidi is the Advisor at the Office of the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

His remarks were during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 under item 7 of the council’s agenda.

Al Suwaidi condemned the insistence of ‘Israel’ not to allow Michael Lynk access to the occupied Palestinian territories to carry out his mandate.

He strongly condemned what was stated in the Special Rapporteur’s report regarding the continued deterioration of the human rights situation of Palestinians.

He also condemned the continuous increase in the scale of violations, violence and indiscriminate attacks by ‘Israel’ and their impact on the lives of Palestinians.

Al Suwaidi condemned the Israeli authorities’ consecration of the racial segregation regime through racist practices, legislations and colonial tools.

He also slammed the continued settlement expansion in flagrant violation of international laws and agreements.

Al Suwaidi cobdemned the practice of violence and terrorism by Israeli settlers and under the protection of the Israeli forces.

He also referred to the assertion of many international and human rights organizations that the Israeli settlements constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

He indicated that this is viewed as a war crime under the Rome Statute of 1998.

Al Suwaidi called on the international community to move away from applying double standards.

He called on to take the necessary measures in order for Israel, the occupying power, to implement its obligations under international law.

He also called on the international community to work to end the Israeli occupation and the racial segregation regime.

He stressed the need to put an end to the state of impunity and to ensure accountability for all those responsible for the violations and crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

(Source / 26.03.2022)

Poll: 94% of Palestinians in 1948-occupied territories subjected to racism

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag in front of Israeli forces during a protest against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, near Tulkarm June 5, 2020

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- More than 90 percent of the Palestinians living in the 1948 Israeli-occupied territories have experienced racism and discrimination.

A survey has found that 94 percent of the Palestinians have experienced racist labeling, the Israeli daily Maariv reported.

The Israeli Racism Crisis Center (RCC) is the one who conducted the survey.

It published it on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

The results showed 69 percent of the respondents believe they were subject to racism and discrimination in public places.

However, 41 percent said they had a similar experience in academic institutions.

The survey found that most cases of discrimination occurred at airports, followed by academic institutions, workplaces, and malls and shopping centers.

More than 65 percent of the respondents said their identification cards were checked in public places.

The security guards also subjected 59 percent of the respondents to security inspection.

They also forced 58 percent to answer unusual questions.

75% felt that these measures affected their dignity, and 73% said it affected their personal security.

The poll also revealed that 67% of the respondents refrained from applying for jobs due to racism and discrimination.

The director of the RCC, Samah Darwish, said that results of the survey illustrated the extent of racism in the occupied territories.

“This should concern everyone.”

(Source / 26.03.2022)

Israeli forces injure 33 Palestinians participating in anti-occupation protests in Nablus

 Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters in Beit Dajan village in Nablus while participating in the weekly anti-occupation protest on March 25, 2022

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli forces injured 33 Palestinian protesters on Friday in Beita and Beit Dajan villages in Nablus while participating in the weekly anti-occupation protests.

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed the IOF injured 33 Palestinians taking part in the peaceful protests against Israel’s occupation in Beita and Beit Dajan villages.

The forces attacked the protesters by intensively firing rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and live ammunition to disperse them.

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Among the injuries were 5 with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Beit Dajan and Beita villages have been the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion.

However, although the protests have been peaceful, Israeli forces have suppressed, detained, and assaulted the protesters.

This has resulted in injuring hundreds and killing others.

(Source / 26.03.2022)

Israeli Army Abducts Three Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem

Israeli forces abducted, on Friday, three Palestinian civilians, including one woman from occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) reported.

Witnesses stated that Israeli police abducted a young Palestinian woman, near the Bab Hutta neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem, as she was leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, taking her to an unknown location.

A Palestinian young man, identified as Omar Odeh, 25, from Umm al-Fah, was abducted by the army while he was on his way to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and taken to an unknown location.

Soldiers abducted another Palestinian civilian from the Jabal Al-Mokabber neighborhood of East Jerusalem and took him to an unknown location.

On Friday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinians from Ramallah and Jenin, in the central and northern occupied West Bank.

(Source / 26.03.2022)

Dozens of Palestinians Suffocate at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

Israeli soldiers opened fire with tear gas canisters toward the Palestinian protestors, injuring dozens of protestors in the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, Quds Press reported.

It said that dozens of Palestinian civilians suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation, during the army’s suppression of the non-violent procession.

Every week since 2003, when the occupation authorities closed the main road of Kufur Qaddoum town, Palestinian citizens from Kufur Qaddoum and surrounding villages have rallied, demanding the authorities reopen the road.

Israeli colonists from the nearby illegal Kedumin settlement, established on expropriated Palestinian lands, have full access to the street, while Palestinians are forced to take longer routes to Nablus city, the nearest major commercial center, prolonging travel time, causing undue hardship.

Additionally, on Friday, soldiers attacked the weekly procession against the illegal colonies near Beita town, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The army shot and injured a Palestinian photo-journalist with a rubber-coated steel round in the leg, while
several demonstrators suffered inhalation injuries as a result of the tear gas fired by the army, in an attempt to deter the protestors from protesting.

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(Source / 26.03.2022)