The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights denounces the “apartheid” regime established by Israel in the Palestinian territories

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, criticized the international community, saying that he allowed Israel for decades to establish a political system that he described as "apartheid".

Presenting his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Lynk said, “Today, in the Palestinian territory, occupied by Israel since 1967, there is a dual legal and political system, which is excessively discriminatory, granting concessions to 700,000 Jewish Israeli settlers, who live in 300 Israeli settlements. illegal in East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” according to the United Nations website in Arabic.

In the same geographic space, more than three million Palestinians - but separated by walls, checkpoints, streets and an entrenched military presence - live under repressive rule of institutional discrimination, and with no way to (establish) a true Palestinian state, the world had promised, some time ago. long, that it is their right.”

Speaking about the situation in the Gaza Strip, Link said, "Another two million Palestinians live in Gaza, which is consistently described as an 'open prison', without adequate access to electricity, water or health, with a collapsing economy and the inability to travel freely to the rest of Palestine or Outside world".

The United Nations website quoted the rapporteur as saying that “a political system that intentionally and clearly prioritizes the basic political, legal and social rights of one group over another, within the same geographical unit, on the basis of racial-national-ethnic identity meets the international legal definition of apartheid.” .

“Israeli military rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territory was deliberately created, with the aim of imposing facts on the ground – primarily through settlements and barriers – in order to create a permanent and illegal demographic that supports Israeli claims to sovereignty over the occupied territory, while confining Palestinians to smaller reserves,” Lynk said. More restrictive than separate territories.

The Special Rapporteur said that “the international community bears a lot of responsibility for this current situation,” adding, “For more than 40 years, the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations have declared in hundreds of resolutions the illegality of Israel’s annexation of the occupied land, the illegality of its construction of hundreds of Jewish settlements, and its denial The right to self-determination of the Palestinians violates international law.”

The Special Rapporteur called for the adoption of a list of accountability measures to "completely end the Israeli occupation and apartheid practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory".

Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and B'Tselem have previously used the term “apartheid” to describe the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The Human Rights Council had appointed Lynk as a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, noting that this position is ceremonial, as the person who holds it is not considered an employee of the United Nations and does not receive remuneration for his work.


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