Archives for 16 April 2018

13 April 2018 – Situation of the Palestinian Civilian Population of the Gaza Strip

Excellency,

I write to you once again to reiterate our urgent appeals for the international community to take responsible and prompt action to stop the intentional killing and injuring of Palestinian civilians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip by Israeli occupying forces.

For the third week in a row, Palestinians throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in Gaza, continue to engage in the “Great Return March”, a peaceful civilian protest against Israel’s illegal occupation, oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people for decades. Demonstrations continue in the hopes of drawing attention to the tragic plight and miseries of our people and garnering international pressure on Israel to lift its illegal, ten-year air, land and sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, end its occupation of Palestinian land and recognize the right of return for Palestine refugees. We recall in this regard that most of Gaza’s population is comprised of Palestinians who have been forcibly expelled from their homes and lands since 1948.

In launching this March, the Palestinian people have chosen a peaceful path to voice their demands in the face of decades of Israeli violence, colonization and cruelty. In this regard, we recall that the Palestinian people have every right to protest Israel’s illegal occupation and oppression. Peaceful protest is a legitimate exercise of the rights of freedom of expression, assembly, and association, and Israel, as the occupying power, is obligated to protect and respect the human rights of the Palestinians living under its occupation.

Yet, in total disregard and violation of these established rules and principles of international law, peaceful Palestinian protestors continue to be deliberately targeted by Israeli soldiers, who have been instructed to fire live ammunition from snipers, rubber coated steel bullets, stun and tear gas canisters from drones against innocent civilians. We condemn in the strongest terms the willful killing and injuring of civilians, which amounts to grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention. [Read more…]