The special rapporteur of the United Nations Organization on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory, Michael Lynk, denounced on Friday to the international community that Israel practices apartheid in the occupied territory of Palestine.
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According to the rapporteur, they must accept and adopt the findings of his current report on recent discoveries by Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organizations of the actions they commit in the occupied regions.
“Today there exists in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 a deeply discriminatory dual legal and political system that privileges the 700,000 Israeli Jewish settlers who live in the 300 illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” Lynk said.
“#Apartheid is not, sadly, a phenomenon confined to the history books on southern Africa,” says independent expert Michael Lynk in his new report. “There is today in the Palestinian territory occupied by #Israel since 1967 a deeply discriminatory dual legal and political system.” pic.twitter.com/wWOMguDIau
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He specified that another 2,000,000 Palestinians live in Gaza, considered an “open-air prison”, since they do not have adequate access to energy, water or health, with a collapsed economy and without being able to travel freely to the rest of the country or the world. .
According to Lynk, by intentionally and clearly prioritizing the fundamental political, legal, and social rights of one group over another in the same geographic area and based on racial, national, and ethnic identity, it is legally described as apartheid internationally.
“Unfortunately, apartheid is not a phenomenon confined to the history books of southern Africa,” the rapporteur stressed in his report to the Human Rights Council.
“The 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court came into force after the collapse of the former South Africa. It is a forward-looking legal instrument that prohibits apartheid as a crime against humanity today and in the future, wherever it exists,” he added.
The UN official denounced that Israel’s military government in the occupied Palestinian territory has been deliberately built with the aim of supporting events on the ground, mainly through settlements and barricades, to demographically design a permanent and illegal Israeli sovereign claim over the occupied zone, while confining Palestinians to smaller, more confined reserves of disconnected land.
He also recalled the existence of other recent reports and opinions issued by Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organizations that coincide with the conclusion of apartheid by Israel in Palestine.
“The Council and the Assembly have repeatedly criticized Israel for defying their resolutions. They have threatened consequences. But there has never been accountability. If the international community had really acted on its resolutions 40 or 30 years ago, we would not be talking about apartheid today,” he stated.