Archives for June 2016

22 June 2016 – More Palestinian Children Tragically Killed by Israel

160622 Palestine LetterExcellency,

Since our last letter to you, on 16 June 2016, the Palestinian people, including children, have continued to be killed, injured and terrorized as a result of Israel’s ongoing violations of international law, humanitarian law and human rights law throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.    Unprotected, despite the very clear provisions of international law according protection to civilians under foreign occupation, the Palestinian people continue to endure countless human rights violations and war crimes at the hands of the Israeli occupying forces. Tensions have consequently remained high and anger, fear and frustration among our people are rising as the faith that peace can ever be achieved continues to fade more with each passing day.

Each letter that we send to Your Excellency, not only contains a list of just some of the crimes committed by the occupying Power against the Palestinian people and their land, but it tragically contains names and stories of innocent lives that were lost at the hands of the occupation. And with each name and story, a new cycle of hate and anger fester among an occupied people who have been left defenseless against a monstrous occupying Power that unleashes it lethal weaponry against them on a daily basis. No doubt Israel, the occupying Power, has been bolstered by the culture of impunity and lawlessness that continues to prevail due to the failure by the international community to hold Israel accountable for any of its violations and crimes against the Palestinian people and throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Such impunity has not only absolved Israel from its legal obligations as an occupying Power, but has emboldened its continued perpetration of crimes without fear of punishment. [Read more…]

16 June 2016 – Israeli Collective Punishment Measures against the Palestinian People

Excellency,160616 Palestine Letter

Tensions continue to escalate in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, due to the unrelenting, illegal and repressive practices being carried out by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people it has been holding captive under its nearly five-decade long occupation.

For the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation, there is never a moment of peace or security.  Besides the suffocating control of nearly every aspect of daily life, precluding any sense of normalcy, the occupying Power seems determined to do all that it can to make their already-difficult living conditions as unbearable as possible. I draw attention, for example, to an incident that occurred yesterday, 15 June 2016, when the occupying Power deliberately cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied West Bank, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without access to safe drinking water. [Read more…]

7 June 2016 – 49 Years of Occupation

Excellency,160607 Palestine Letter

Yesterday, Muslims worldwide, including Palestinian Muslims in the Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, marked the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan.  This year, Ramadan began one day after Palestinians, Muslim and Christian alike, tragically marked the passage of 49 years since the onset of the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian and Arab lands on 5 June 1967.  This somber anniversary, which comes just weeks following the observance of the 68th year since the 1948 Al-Nakba, is yet another painful reminder of the injustice imposed on the Palestinian people and the continued inability of the international community to fulfill its obligations under the United Nations Charter, international law and relevant resolutions to bring an end to this illegitimate occupation and to justly resolve the question of Palestine in all its aspects and to ensure the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination and freedom in their own independent State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, rights which they have for too long been denied.

Clearly, the failure to hold Israel, the occupying Power, accountable for its grave breaches of the law and ongoing brutal subjugation of the Palestinian people has protracted and exacerbated this conflict, with grave consequences on human lives and on the prospects for peace and stability.  This is starkly reflected in the current situation on the ground in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, where Israel’s illegal policies and practices continue to detrimentally affect every aspect of life for the Palestinian civilian population, who continue to endure, inter alia, death, injury, dispossession, displacement and countless other human rights abuses at the hands of a merciless occupying Power. [Read more…]