Geneva International Centre for Justice strongly condemns the heinous attacks by Israeli forces on Palestinians in Gaza who were gathering today, Monday 14 May 2018 as part of a series of demonstrations called “Great March of Return”, which began on the 30th March 2018 in the Gaza. The aim of the march is to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Reports state that over 50 Palestinian protesterors have been killed and nearly 2000 have been injured where Israeli forces allegedly opened fire on the protesters and launched teargas and firebombs. The act of Israel represent a new war crimes that should not go unpunished.
The demonstration was fuelled by the United States decision to open their embassy in Jerusalem despite international condemnation. It should be noted that the Trump administration’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is in direct contradiction to several UN resolutions, in particular, Resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947 and Resolution 36/120 of December 1981, among others. Worse still, the move was scheduled to take place today, Monday 14th May, the eve of Nakba Day (15 May).
On 30th March 2018 the “Great March of Return” was launched; a series of demonstrations that is to last for six weeks and is taking place in the Gaza strip. The aim of the march is to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants, into what is now Israel. The demonstrations are also protestering against the blockade of the Gaza Strip, among numerous other human rights violations against the Palestinian people. Since the launch of the “Great March of Return” over 100 Palestinian protesterors have been killed by Israeli forces including children, several journalists, and a person with a disability.
Geneva International Centre for Justice strongly condemns the war crimes committed by Israel and once again calls on the international community to not only condemn acts of violence by Israeli forces on the Palestinian people, but also to end the occupation of Palestinian Territories, that has continued since 1967. Geneva International Centre for Justice is concerned about the innocent victims of these attacks and calls to bring those responsible to justice.
Urgent Appeals on Palestine by GICJ:
GICJ Activities on the Human Rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories
GICJ Urgent Appeals on Palestine:
- GICJ - Punishing people for the misdeeds of others clearly violates international law - July 2014
- A match in the powder keg: The occupying force continues to contravene international law - April 2014
- GICJ – Urgent Appeal on the Forcible eviction of Ein Hijleh - February 2014
- UN press release on behalf of Issa Amro - September 2013
- GICJ –Urgent appeal following arbitrary arrest of Sireen Khudiri - June 2013
- GICJ – Follow-up appeal on behalf of HR defender - June 2013
- GICJ - Follow-up appeal on the case of Mr. Issa Amro - April 2013
- GICJ - Urgent Appeal to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders - March 2013
- GICJ – Urgent Appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 - February 2013
GICJ Side-Events and oral statements on Palestine:
Human Rights Council - 30th regular session (14 September - 2 October 2015)
Human Rights Council - 29th regular session (15 June - 3 July 2015)
Human Rights Council - 21st special session on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (23 July 2014)
Human Rights Council - 26th regular session (10 - 27 June 2014):
Human Rights Council - 25th regular session (3 - 28 March 2014):
Human Rights Council - 24th regular session (9 - 27 September 2013):
- Side-event: Human Rights in Palestine - Palestinian Refugees in Diaspora and their Right of Return, Where to?
- Side-event: Human Rights in Middle East - Give Peace a chance
- Democracy and the Right to self-determination
- GICJ statements on Palestine
Human Rights Council - 23rd regular session (27 May - 14 June 2013):