15 January 2016 – Continued Israeli Violations and Crimes

Excellency,

The situation in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, continues to deteriorate daily and the Palestinian civilian population continues to suffer immensely as Israel intensifies its occupation and its unlawful punitive measures and actions.  As the calls from the Palestinian leadership and its people for international protection go unheeded, more innocent lives are being lost as is any glimmer of hope that a peaceful solution can be achieved to free the Palestinian people from life under Israeli control and occupation. This situation warrants urgent attention by the international community, particularly the Security Council, to act to halt all violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law that continue to be perpetuated by the occupying Power with complete impunity. [Read more…]

7 January 2016 – Israeli Violations- Call for Protection of Palestinian Civilians

Excellency,

Despite the renewed sense of hope in the international community at the start of a new year, hope is regrettably absent in the Occupied State of Palestine as the Palestinian people have begun yet another year under Israel’s belligerent military occupation and the prospects to end this illegal situation and decades-long injustice are as dismal as ever. Throughout the holiday season and into this first week of this year, Palestinian civilians continued to suffer the brutality and criminality of the Israeli occupation, enduring daily civilian casualties, including numerous children and women, and intensifying acts of repression and collective punishment affecting every single aspect of life.

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23 December 2015 – Israel’s Illegal Policies and Practices

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Excellency,

As the international community looks ahead to a new year with much hope and anticipation, the Palestinian people’s hopes are dampened by the deep despair and suffering they are enduring under Israel’s occupation.  Regrettably, the turmoil and deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continue as Israel, the occupying Power, persists with illegal, destructive and provocative policies and practices, exacerbating hardships, claiming more and more innocent lives, inflaming tensions and further destabilizing the situation. [Read more…]

17 December 2015 – Israel’s Illegal Policies and Measures in Occupied Palestine

Excellency,

I write to convey our rising concerns about Israel’s illegal policies and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory that constitutes the State of Palestine.  The persistence of systematic destructive, oppressive and unlawful actions by the occupying Power is exacerbating the already-critical situation being endured the Palestinian civilian population, further poisoning the atmosphere, and heightening tensions.  With each passing day, such grave breaches of international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention, have brought more death of Palestinian civilians, among them many children and women, more destruction of more Palestinian homes, land and property and more humanitarian suffering. [Read more…]

1 December 2015 – Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

Since the beginning of October 2015, we have written numerous letters to document the dangerous and rising tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of Occupied Palestine due to the illegal actions, provocations and incitement by Israel, the occupying Power, including by extremist Israeli settlers and religious zealots, against the Palestinian people, their land and their holy places.  In what has now become a weekly letter, we write to Your Excellency to alert the international community to the ongoing tensions and instability and the suffering, every single day, by Palestinian civilians, including children, from the occupation’s daily subjugation, oppression and aggression. [Read more…]

24 November 2015 – Continued Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

I write to draw your attention to the critical situation ongoing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to the grave reality being faced by the unprotected Palestinian civilian population as a direct result of the Israeli military occupation and the massive human rights violations being perpetrated against them by the occupying Power.

We must highlight the deepening vulnerability of Palestinian children, as they continue to bear the brunt of increasingly oppressive, violent and illegal Israeli policies and practices. For nearly five decades, Palestinian children have suffered at the hands of the Israeli occupying forces and will tragically continue to suffer as long as Israel, the occupying Power, remains immune from any consequences for its blatant and systematic human rights violations and crimes.  In this connection, we bring to your immediate attention that yesterday, 23 November, Israeli occupying forces killed in cold blood three Palestinian children in different parts of the occupied West Bank. [Read more…]

17 November 2015 – Continued Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

We are compelled to draw your attention to the continuously rising tensions and violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – the territory constituting the State of Palestine – as Israel, the occupying Power, continues its military aggressions and human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

Israeli occupying forces continue to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians, including against children and peaceful demonstrators, causing death and injury and destruction of property.  Moreover, Israel has been unrelenting in its pursuit of illegal colonization practices, with settlement and wall construction continuing unabated. For example, just in this past week the occupying Power approved the construction of 891 settlement “units” in the illegal settlement of “Gilo” and approved the construction of 450 more settlement “units” in the illegal settlements of “Ramat Shlomo” and “Ramot”, all in Occupied East Jerusalem.  At the same time, Israel continues to impose countless collective punishment measures on the Palestinian people, including, inter alia, home demolitions and its blockade on the Gaza Strip.  The destructive impact of such Israeli violations on the situation on the ground is immense, as reflected in rising tensions, deteriorating socio-economic conditions, and deepening anger and frustration among the Palestinian civilian population living under this nearly fifty-year old Israeli occupation.  [Read more…]

11 November 2015 – Israeli Violations and Crimes against the Palestinian People

Excellency,

The situation in the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, remains extremely volatile as Israel, the occupying Power, persists with its violations of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, causing the continued deterioration of the situation in all aspects, including the continued suffering of the Palestinian people under its occupation, and further deepening despair and inflaming already heightened tensions.

In word and deed, the occupying Power has rejected to de-escalate tensions and has instead continued with its oppressive measures and excessive use of force against the Palestinian civilian population.  This is evidenced by the fact that since the beginning of October¸ the Palestinian Ministry of Health has documented that Israeli occupying forces have killed 82 Palestinians, among them 18 children and 4 women; 63 were killed in the West Bank and 18 in the Gaza Strip and one Palestinian was also killed in Beersheba.  Moreover, more than 3,500 Palestinians have been shot and wounded with live and rubber-coated steel bullets and more than 5,000 persons have been treated for excessive tear gas inhalation, while 278 were injured in other ways, including assaults by the occupying forces and burns from tear gas canisters. [Read more…]

3 November 2015 – Israeli Aggression and Culture of Hate against Palestinians

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I regret that I must once again draw attention to the grave situation in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, as a direct result of Israel’s persistent aggression against the Palestinian people. Every day reports, witness accounts and videos confirm the continuation of Israel’s lethal and illegal policies and measures against the defenseless Palestinian civilian population, with no one considered too young or too old to be spared.  The casualties continue to rise, fear and tensions are mounting as a result of such Israeli actions and the ongoing incitement and provocations by Israeli government officials and settlers at holy sites and throughout Occupied Palestine, with impunity. If this aggression and stoking of tensions continues, the situation will surely deteriorate further, despair will deepen and any ounce of hope left for a political horizon will disappear.

Indeed, far from de-escalating, the situation remains precarious due to Israel’s insistence on use of violent force and oppressive measures against the Palestinian civilian population and entrenchment of the occupation through all illegal means and measures for the purpose of controlling both the people and the land.  This has been supplemented and supported by a blatant culture of hate cultivated for decades by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian people under its illegal occupation, a culture of hate that feeds and is manifested in the pervasive aggression, racism and inhumane behavior of the Israeli occupying forces and extremist Israeli settlers towards Palestinians. [Read more…]

29 October 2015 – Israeli Military Aggression against the Palestinian People

 

Excellency,

I write to once again urgently draw the international community’s attention to the grave situation in Occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, due to Israel’s ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people. This aggression continues to fuel the cycle of violence and the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate on all fronts. Moreover, it has become overwhelmingly clear that Israeli aggression is in particular targeting Palestinian children and youth, who have been suffering casualties at an alarming rate, including by means of extrajudicial killing, and whose despair is only deepening in the face of the brutality of this illegal occupation.

Despite recent diplomatic efforts, the current situation remains one of pervasive human insecurity, in which the lives, safety and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population are being gravely threatened by the occupying Power and its extremist settlers. It is Palestinian civilians, including children, who continue to be killed, injured and terrorized by Israel, the occupying Power, on a daily basis and who remain in dire need of protection. [Read more…]