"General Debate Item 7: Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories"
Statement by: Ma’onah Association for Human Rights and Immigration
30 September 2020
Thank you, President.
It is appalling that despite the abundance of UN resolutions, the Council is still discussing the violations of Israel towards the Palestinian people and their territory.
This is due to the lack of implementation and Israel´s insistence on the systematic attempt to persecute and destroy the Palestinian people.
The construction of settlements in the occupied territories continues and decisions to demolish buildings belonging to Palestinian families accumulate. This seriously violates international law; and the utter lack of respect for human rights forms the basis of this humanitarian crisis.
Ma'onah Association and Geneva International Centre for Justice call upon the international community to increase pressure on Israel to cease this repression and segregation in the occupied territories, as it has severely limited the Palestinian’s access to basic resources, such as health facilities and agricultural lands.
Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, these grave violations by Israel continue to be perpetrated. This puts the Palestinian people in an even more vulnerable and burdensome position.
We appeal to this Council and all states to promote measures that accomplish justice and protection of the Palestinian people and terminate all illegal settlement activities and other violations of international law.