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Thursday , October 28 2021

Hold Israel accountable for ‘violations’ – Kuwait

GENEVA, March 20, (KUNA): Kuwait on Thursday appealed to the UN Human Rights Council to activate legal mechanisms to guarantee accountability of the Israeli occupation for continued violations of the Palestinians’ rights and to prevent it from impunity.

This came in Kuwait’s speech delivered by Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim before the 46th session of the Council held from February 22 to March 23 on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Ambassador Al-Ghunaim said that Kuwait condemns all flagrant violations of international human rights’ laws committed by Israel, the occupying force, against the unarmed Palestinian people.

He said Kuwait calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities so as to guarantee respect for the principles and provisions of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that should be applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. He pointed to seriousness and gravity of the unremitting violations committed by the occupying force, Israel, against the Palestinian people, many of which mounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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This requires continued discussion of the deterioration of the human rights’ situation in the occupied Arab territories within the framework of Article 7 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, he pointed out. Kuwait voiced regret that the international community keeps silent before Israel’s indifference towards international law and the UN resolutions, at a time when all countries are required to take deterrent measures against the Israeli occupation in order to stop committing its crimes against unarmed Palestinian civilians.

Ambassador Al-Ghunaim reiterated that Israel continues to practice the policy of racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, topped with their basic right to life and self-determination, whereas the occupation should end with establishing an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with the UN relevant decisions. The continuation of Judaizing Jerusalem and changing its historical and religious status, as well as destroying public and private properties and excavations under Al-Aqsa Mosque and other religious places are clear and explicit violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, he made clear. Such acts undermine international efforts aiming to put an end to the occupation and establish a sovereign Palestinian state, he underlined.

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