Commentaries
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:0
UN Condemnation of Israel's Collective Punishment of Palestinians Is Not Enough
TEHRAN (FNA)- UN human rights expert Michael Lynk has called on Israel to immediately end its illegal blockade of Gaza, adding that it amounts to "collective punishment" against the Palestinian people.

Lynk, the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories, says the 13-year blockade is a "serious violation against Palestinians", adding that “the extent of the devastating impact of Israel's collective punishment policy can be most strikingly seen in its ongoing 13-year-old closure of Gaza, which now suffers from a completely collapsed economy, devastated infrastructure, and a barely functioning social service system.”

No doubt Israel’s practices entail serious violations against Palestinians, including the right to life, freedom of movement, health, adequate shelter, and an adequate standard of living. But UN’s condemnation is not enough. The world body is also expected to walk the talk and avoid lip service amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This is because Israel has imposed a debilitating blockade on Gaza since 2007, leaving about 80 percent of the Palestinians in the Strip reliant on international aid. The sea, once a vital source of income for Gaza residents, is subject to ever-changing restrictions on sailing and fishing rights. And for this dire situation to end, the Zionist regime needs to be sanctioned and held to account under the UN Charter.

Gaza's healthcare system has also long been on the verge of collapse, suffering from shortages of drugs and materiel under the Israel blockade, and strained medical facilities following several Israeli military campaigns. This is getting worse because the pandemic has also joined Tel Aviv in taking Palestinian lives.

The apartheid plan to control the Palestinian population and their movement violates the foundational rule of virtually every modern legal system. Whatever Israel does there has to immediately stop as they amount to collective punishment of the Palestinian people, with millions of innocent harmed daily and nothing achieved but deeper tensions and an atmosphere conducive to further Palestinian suffering.

As previously, the United States also remains Israel’s closest ally both for strategic reasons as a partner in the Middle East and due to domestic support for Israel. This support comes in part from America’s Zionist lobby. It also comes from groups such as Christians United for Israel, which is calling to defund the United Nations.

Another problem is that the last few years have seen a catastrophic decline in the power of Palestinian “allies” to affect events on the ground. The Sunni Arabs led by Saudi Arabia, the most self-interested and undependable “supporter” of the Palestinian cause, are so weak and divided that they look to Israel as a defender of the Sunni world!

The incapacity of the United Nations to do anything concrete has never been more obvious these days. The message for the US and Arab allies is also clear. They have all broken from the tradition of sympathy for the Palestinians. Their identification with Israel and normalisation of ties have only perpetuated Palestinian weakness and division in the international arena. They are also complicit in the criminal blockade of Gaza.

It is past time for these regimes to undertake human rights due diligence to identify and mitigate contributions to human rights violations of not only their own activities but also Israel’s activities to which they are directly linked by their diplomatic and business relationships. They are expected to take effective steps to avoid or mitigate human rights harms and to consider ending their support for Zionist regime.

By supporting Tel Aviv at the UN and by vetoing anti-Israel Security Council resolutions, they are inextricably tied to the collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza, as well as other human rights abuses and state-sponsored crimes in occupied Palestine.

 

 

 

 

Bottom top
Action Against Israeli Arms

TEHRAN (FNA)- Pro-Palestine activists continue to occupy the rooftop of arms component factory, UAV Engines who make drone parts for Israeli firm Elbit Systems. The protestors are calling for Elbit factories and their affiliates in the UK to be closed immediately. Elbit Systems is the chief supplier of drones to the Israeli Occupation Army with devastating consequences for Palestinian lives, as Amina Taylor explains. [VIDEO]
US: Oregon Wildfires Leave Trail of Devastation in Town of Gates

TEHRAN (FNA)- The wildfires in Oregon left a trail of devastation in their wake in the small town of Gates, as seen. The local primary school can be seen gutted by fire, while burnt out lorries and other fire damaged buildings can also be seen in the area. [VIDEO]
US: Anti Trump, BLM Protesters Demonstrate in Philadelphia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Everywhere US President Trump goes on the campaign trail he seems to bring BLM protest. In Philadelphia, the Trump supporters and his haters and BLM are facing off. “Go home racists” chants the Black Lives Matter/anti-fascist crowd to the Trump supporters outside the President’s town hall in Philadelphia. [PHOTOS]
Hurricane Sally: Deadly Storm Leaves 550,000 without Power in US

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tropical Storm Sally has left more than half a million Americans without power as its torrential rains and storm surges lashed the US Gulf coast. [PHOTOS]
Greece: Migrants Continue Lodging in Makeshift Tents in Moria as Authorities Struggle to Relocate them to New Camp

TEHRAN (FNA)- Asylum seekers from the devastated Moria refugee camp continued to lodge in makeshift tents next to a supermarket parking, as seen in drone footage from Wednesday, while the Greek authorities were reported saying they struggle to convince migrants to move into the new temporary camp. [VIDEO]
Ecuador: Police Disperse Anti-Austerity Protest with Water Cannons

TEHRAN (FNA)- Ecuadorian police used water cannons to disperse protesters who took to the streets of Quito to demonstrate against austerity measures taken by the government. [VIDEO]
Thousands of Migrants Search for Shelter after Fire Destroys Moria Camp

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, are without shelter and are having to sleep out in the open without proper sanitation after the fire tore through the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece. [PHOTOS]
COVID-19: Use Masks to Help Slow Spread

TEHRAN (FNA)- Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield has raised eyebrows after telling the Senate face masks are a “powerful public health tool” and may even be more effective against Covid-19 than vaccines. [PHOTOS]
Iran, Azerbaijan Vow to Expand Economic Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Baku Seyed Abbas Mousavi and Azeri Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev in a meeting underlined the need to develop mutual cooperation, specially in economic fields.
VP: Iran-Russia Technological Cooperation on Right Track

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Sourena Sattari said on Thursday that grounds are ready for promoting scientific and technological cooperation, specially in area of advanced pharmaceutical technologies.
China Denies Connection with Company 'Monitoring' Indians, Including President, PM

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Chinese government claimed it has no connection with the Shenzhen-based company that has allegedly been monitoring thousands of Indians.
New Envoy Stresses Solidarity, Cooperation with Bosnia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian new ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Reza Qelichkhan and Director General of Protocols of Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mirsad Bešić emphasized solidarity between Tehran and Sarajevo, and called for further expansion of ties between the two friendly nations.
Iranian, Pakistani Officials Discuss Bilateral Ties, Border Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Consul General in Quetta Hassan Darvishvand and Spokesman of the Government of Balochistan Province of Pakistan Liaquat Shahwani discussed development of bilateral relations, especially cooperation between the border provinces of the two countries in various fields, an arrived at an agreement.
Iran Nearing Full Production at Azar Oilfield

TEHRAN (FNA)- Azar oilfield is on the verge of attaining production capacity of 65,000 barrels of oil per day by using the ancillary facilities of the Central Processing Facility (CPF), an energy official announced.
Dissident: UAE Cracking Down Hard on Anti-Israel Sentiment with 10-Year Prison Sentences

TEHRAN (FNA)- A dissident Emirati activist said that the United Arab Emirates is cracking down hard on anti-Israel sentiment with 10-year prison sentences amid the Persian Gulf country’s push to establish formal relations with the Israeli regime.