Palestine calls on United Nations to investigate crimes

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters.

Ramallah, 20 October 2021 (TDI): Through a statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates asked the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, for an immediate investigation of the crimes committed in the country.

In the statement, the Ministry publicly said, “The brutality of the occupying state and its forces is unmatched by any army or police”. As well, Palestine considers that the violence shown against its citizens in the capital needs an international investigation.

 

With this video, Palestinian authorities called on Antonio Guterres to open an immediate investigation in the occupied city of East Jerusalem.

The United Nations role in the Palestinian Question

The resolutions approved by the UN General Assembly explicitly recognize the multiple violations of International Humanitarian Law by the State of Israel.

The General Assembly has discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict mostly in the emergency special sessions. Among the resolutions passed, Resolution ES-7/6 of June 26, 1982, declares the legal invalidity of Israel’s actions in occupied territories. As well, Resolution ES-10/3 of July 30, 1997, recognizes the illegality of activities related to the construction of settlements. Furthermore, the Resolution ES-10/15 of August 2, 2004, sets out the findings of the International Court of Justice against the illegal construction of the wall, erected by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory. The resolution included East Jerusalem and its surroundings, and the international recognition of this policy.

In the last two ordinary sessions of the General Assembly (74th and 75th), it is shown that the majority of UN States are aware of the situation in Palestine. Hence, resolutions presented substantial votes in favor of the provisions against the occupying Power.

These resolutions condemn Israeli activities in Palestinian territory and recognize that their cessation is essential to safeguard the two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders when the occupation officially began.

For this purpose, the United Nations Security Council stated in resolutions that Israel is not complying with obligations, with special emphasis on RES 2334 of December 23, 2016. This resolution underlines that no changes to the June 4, 1967 lines will be recognized, including in Jerusalem.

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