Al Mezan Center calls on the international community to intervene to stop the violence of the occupation against Palestinian women

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights called today, Thursday, for the international community to intervene and stop the violence of the occupation against Palestinian women in light of the continuous escalation against them.

This came in a statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence, which falls on the twenty-fifth of November of each year, which was launched by the United Nations years ago.

The center said that this year's occasion comes in the midst of the escalation of excessive violence by the occupation forces against Palestinians in general and against women in particular, with Palestinian women continuing to suffer from societal and family violence within the Palestinian society itself.

He pointed to the escalation of violence directed against women in the occupied Palestinian territories by the Israeli occupation forces, noting that during the large-scale military offensive launched by the Israeli occupation forces in May 2021, women were subjected to grave violations.

Documentation sources at Al Mezan Center for Human Rights indicate that the occupation forces killed (38) women and injured (397), and the war attacks caused the destruction of (740) housing units, including (114) housing units owned by women that were completely destroyed. In addition, (1603) females were forcibly displaced from their completely destroyed homes, in addition to the great suffering that women suffer as a result of the destruction of infrastructure, the difficulty of accessing water and electricity, and the destruction of commercial and industrial facilities, as the occupation forces destroyed 31 shops owned by women, while many lost their job opportunities. Women are affected not only by the destruction of property or the loss of work, but also by the loss of their husband's workplace.

Violence directed against women in Palestine, and the Gaza Strip in particular, is not limited to direct war attacks and their effects, but women are fundamentally affected by the continuation of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and its repercussions, which exacerbated the expansion of unemployment, poverty and food insecurity, and their inability to reach Hospitals.

Al Mezan Center’s data indicate that out of (124) complaints received by the center from women that the occupation authorities prevented from accessing Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank, 62 complaints were suspended and those authorities did not allow the women to reach the hospital, which exacerbates their suffering and pain and may threaten their lives.

On the internal level, the suffering of Palestinian women continues, whether due to internal violence or the deteriorating economic and humanitarian conditions, a violence that has escalated in light of the closure imposed as a measure to prevent the Corona pandemic, as the data showed an increase in all types of violence against women, especially in families that suffer below the poverty line. Or headed by women or day laborers. As a result of the continued absence of the rule of law, (6) women lost their lives in the Gaza Strip, while (27) women and girls were injured during 2021.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights called on the international community to work hard to protect women in the occupied Palestinian territories, to respect its legal and moral obligations towards stopping the systematic violations committed by the occupation forces against women in the occupied Palestinian territories, to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for the fifteenth year in a row, and to ensure respect for the rules International humanitarian law and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territories, ending the impunity enjoyed by the occupying power, and prosecuting and holding accountable all those suspected of committing grave and systematic violations of the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

The Center called on the Palestinian authorities to work hard to fulfill the obligations of the State of Palestine under international human rights law, especially the International Convention on the Prevention of Discrimination against Women, to review and activate laws and policies aimed at ending violence against women, and to support institutions and projects that support women and work to enhance their leading role.

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