Palestine demands end to Israel's crimes in Geneva
Geneva, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki demanded at the United Nations Human Rights Council an end to Israel's occupation and crimes, and denounced their increase despite Covid-19.
On the first day of the high-level segment of the Council's 46th session on Monday, the official reiterated the urgency for the international community, and in particular the members of this UN body, to support the Palestinian right to self-determination, to an independent State with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the return of refugees.
Israel is taking advantage of the pandemic to intensify its attacks, which it does with impunity and in defiance of the United Nations and its calls, he denounced.
According to al-Maliki, the construction of settlements in the occupied territories, the eviction of Palestinians from their homes as part of the colonization, and the blockade of the Gaza Strip is on the rise, and 'East Jerusalem is increasingly Jewish.'
Israel still fails to comply with its responsibilities by not providing vaccines, preventing aid and affecting health and education, he warned.
The foreign minister questioned that despite this reality, some countries intend to eliminate item seven from the agenda of the Human Rights Council, dedicated to the Palestinian issue.
This is one of the few mechanisms protecting the Palestinian people and it is vital to guarantee their human rights, which is why those who seek to eliminate it support the crimes committed by Israel for 54 years, the foreign minister stressed.
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