The 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council
12 September 2022 – 7 October 2022
Item 7: General Debate
Statement of Association Ma’onah for Human Rights and Immigration and Geneva International Centre for Justice
Delivered by Saja Misherqi
Israeli occupation policies are getting more violent every day. Among them is the increase in extrajudicial executions by Israeli soldiers and illegal settlers.
A policy of impunity prevails for the perpetrators of these violations, with the International Community’s neglection of The Palestinian People’s legitimate rights.
Despite the prohibition by international law, the practice by the Israeli policies remains prevalent.
In the past two years, more than 18 cases of extrajudicial execution were committed but none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice.
Lest we forget, the Palestinian Journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh who was killed this year in cold blood by an Israeli soldier while on duty.
Settler violence against Palestinians takes many forms, starting from but not limited to physical attacks, stabbings, shootings, as well as attacks on property.
One such violent attack was on 27 year old Palestinian engineer from Nablus, Ali Harb. Ali was stabbed to death by a settler who had stormed private land belonging to the Harb family with a group of settlers. The Israeli Military Prosecution acquitted the killer on the pretext of self-defense and the lack of sufficient evidence to convict him.
Therefore, Ma’ouna and Geneva International Center for Justice call on the international community to intervene immediately to prevent all forms of violence by Israeli soldiers and settlers against Palestinians.
I Thank you.