Ref: / 2022
Date: March 24, 2022
Original language: Arabic
ICSPR welcomes the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestine, which confirms that the Israeli occupation state committed the crime of “apartheid.”
The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR) has followed with interest the report issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories “Michael Lynk”, who affirmed that the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories amounts to the apartheid regime. This report, which was submitted to the Human Rights Council, comes before the end of his six-year mandate as a Special Rapporteur. The report made it clear that the Israeli occupation state applies the apartheid regime towards the Palestinians, where they treat the Palestinians as an inferior ethnic group and systematically depriving them of their rights.
The occupation also imposes strict restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, through the spread of a network of military checkpoints, roadblocks, fences and other measures, including the crimes of building the wall, the siege of the Gaza Strip, the practice of arbitrary arrests and abuse of prisoners and Palestinian detainees, field executions settlement, confiscation of citizens’ lands, oppression of Palestinians through racist laws, and preventing the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
The report confirms that apartheid is a crime against humanity and a violation of Palestinian human rights, which necessitates the international community to take immediate actions in order to dismantle and end the apartheid regime. ICSPR considers the report as a new evidence to be added to the series of international and human rights reports that affirm the perpetration of the Israeli occupation state of the crime of apartheid, and stresses that the international community is more than ever required to assume its legal and moral responsibilities individually and collectively, and to take practical measures that lead to respecting and ensuring respect for the principles and provisions of law, the judiciary, international custom and international order to end the occupation, and to realize the inalienable legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, in a manner that guarantees the adoption of a binding international decision that ends the occupation and provides international protection for the Palestinian people.
Therefore: ICSPR calls on the international community, the United Nations and the Human Rights Council to take a decisive decision to adopt this report, to work on imposing sanctions on the occupation state to end its criminal policies, including ending the occupation, stopping the selective application of international law and the policy of double standards and stop the law of the jungle.
ICSPR calls on the Palestinian leadership and international human rights organizations to pressure the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to expedite the investigation procedures into the crimes of the Israeli occupation and open an urgent investigation into the apartheid regime in the occupied Palestinian territories.
ICSPR calls on the Palestinian people to take urgent action to restore unity and adopt a national strategy based on the internationalization of the conflict and with the occupation state, including adopting the recommendations of the report and working to maximize popular, legal, diplomatic and legal engagement to raise the cost of the occupation and the apartheid regime, and move before international institutions and countries of the world to urge them to assume their moral and legal duties, including imposing sanctions, boycotting the racial discrimination regime, and practicing international jurisdiction to hold the occupation leaders accountable for this international crime.