UN CONDEMNS ISRAEL OVER ‘GRAVE BREACH’ OF INTERNATIONAL LAW


12/11/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Israel has been rebuked by the United Nations for its widespread demolition of Palestinian homes, the largest in the occupied West Bank. Around 80 people, including 41 children, were left homeless as a result of the widespread demolition that carried out by Israel. 

A defensive statement by the Israeli military said the structures were “built illegally in the fire zone” or in a military training area.

On the other hand, the United Nations Security Council called the destruction carried out by Israel a “serious violation” of the Fourth Geneva Convention, international law that protects the civilian population in the occupied territories. Such demolitions “constitute an obstacle to a two-state solution,” the UN said in a statement.

Bulldozers belonging to Israel entered the area late Tuesday and then destroyed 76 buildings, including homes, animal shelters, toilets and solar panels.

Israeli officials argue that the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank is justified and argue that these structures were built without permits, which are almost impossible to obtain.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the destruction carried out by Israel is “the greatest of its kind against our people in the Jordan Valley." PM called international partners to intervene to protect the Palestinian people from human rights violations.

A spokesperson for the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged international community to take decisive measures to stop blatant violations of human rights laws by Israel. The demolition carried out by Israel have also condemned by Egypt. “This act is a clear violation of international legitimacy and the decisions of international humanitarian law”,

Egypt’s foreign ministry said in a statement.


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