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UAE Press: Protect the rights of Palestinians


(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM))

ABU DHABI, 4th July, 2018 (WAM) -- A UAE newspaper has said that Israel has for long been not only continuing its acts of grave human rights violations against Palestinians, but also managing to escape punishment and justice.

In an editorial on Wednesday, The Gulf Today said, "The world community is yet to react effectively to the brutal occupation of the Israeli forces and their suppression of peaceful marches in Gaza and the West Bank, which include torture, and even resulted in the martyrdom of over 100 unarmed Palestinian citizens recently, including an eight-month-old child, besides wounding over 3,000."

The paper noted that the largest number of recent deaths occurred on one day, May 14th, the day the United States moved its embassy in Israel to occupied Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

"The inhumane 11-year siege of Gaza has turned Gaza into an open prison and a world of destruction and misery where all human rights are violated, starting with the right to life, as well a humanitarian disaster that is worsening daily.

"The deep concern expressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at reports that the village of the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan Al Ahmar-Abu Al Helu is set to be demolished by Israeli authorities in the coming days is also genuine and needs to be addressed," it added.

The editorial continued, "The community is home to 181 people - more than half of them children - and is one of the 46 Bedouin communities in the central West Bank. The demolition of Khan Al Ahmar would dramatically increase the coercive environment in which the community is living."

"There is also grave concern, as the UNHCR correctly points out, that should the demolition go ahead, the community might ultimately be forcibly transferred by the occupying power. It should not be forgotten that international humanitarian law prohibits the forced transfer of the population of an occupied territory, regardless of the motive."

The paper referred to the statement of Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, who mentioned on behalf of the Arab Group at the UN Human Rights Council, that the international community should "urgently take on its legal, moral and humanitarian responsibilities and act to protect the Palestinian people."

"Israel should be held accountable to the law and forced to abide by international charters, laws and treaties, and end its occupation of all Arab lands," it added.

In conclusion, the Sharjah-based daily said, "Continuing violations against Palestinians certainly reflect the failure of the international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes, as well as its lack of seriousness in ending 50 years of tyranny and military occupation."

WAM/Rasha Abubaker

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