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20 Jan

‘World Must Protect Palestinians from Israeli Violence’

UN Special Rapporteur: ‘World Must Protect Palestinians from Israeli Violence’

By: CTuttle

Self described ‘American Jew’, professor emeritus in international law at Princeton University, and, current United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, Richard Falk, recently stated…

Citing rise in illegal Israeli actions, UN expert urges protection for Palestinians

…“It is time for the international community to step in and offer this long-vulnerable Palestinian population protection against the violence perpetrated by Israeli authorities,” Falk said in a statement on Friday. […]

“Together these events demonstrate a general and unacceptable Israeli disposition to use excessive force against Palestinians, who are already suffering from prolonged occupation,” […]

“It is impossible to separate this pattern of excessive use of force against Palestinians from the indiscriminate use of force against civilians in Israel’s larger occupation policy, as illustrated by the cruel punitive blockade that has been imposed on the people of Gaza for more than three years and by the illegal manner in which Israel carried out attacks for three weeks on the defenseless population of Gaza two years ago,” added Mr. Falk. […]

He also chastised Israel for the Shepherd Hotel demolition, which he described as a Palestinian landmark. Plans to replace it with homes for Jewish families were particularly troublesome, he said.

“This is part of an accelerating pattern in Jerusalem that consists of shifting the demographic balance to reinforce Israeli claims to control permanently the entire city, making the creation of a viable Palestinian state, with its capital as east Jerusalem, virtually unattainable,” he said.

Is anybody listening…?

*gah*

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