Bahrain Chairs 23rd GCC E-Government Executive Committee Meeting    Weather Forecast for Monday    Yemeni Foreign Ministry Condemns Houthi Militia's Continuous Attacks on Marib, Saudi Arabia    UK ahead of 'miserable winter' due to new respiratory viruses, scientists warn    Qatar to require fans at 2022 World Cup to be vaccinated    Bahrain condemns Houthi terrorist militia's continuing launching of a number of drones towards Saudi Arabia    King, Crown Prince condole Zambian president on death of Kaunda    Saudi Arabia observes World Hydrography Day    King receives a message from Philippines president    Eng. Al-Hogail named president of UITP in Brussels    Palestine Records 68 New Cases of COVID-19    Egyptian Foreign Minister Meets with his Malaysian Counterpart    Ministry extends industrial license terms to 5 years    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 10,790 Points    Saudi Arabia Ranks First in Three Global Indicators on Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic    HRH Crown Prince Inaugurates 8 Housing, Medical Projects for Defense Ministry Personnel with Cost Exceeding SAR 4 Billion    Digital Government Authority Issues Circular on Establishing New Platforms, Mobile Applications, and Websites    Shoura to vote on Monday on proposal not to close shops during prayer times    COVID-19 cases slide for second straight day as recoveries rise    MWL Condemns Houthi Militia's Ongoing, Escalating Attacks against Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology    GACA completes linking of domestic flight boarding pass to Tawakkalna    GACA Issues Classification of Air Carriers, Airports for May 2021    Yemeni Army Spokesman: 75% of combat capabilities of Houthi rebels at Marib outskirts destroyed    La Liga icons to square-off online after calling each other out on Twitter    Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics    Sergio Ramos to leave Real Madrid after 16 years    RSIFF celebrates Saudi Cinema Nights in Jeddah on June 16–17    "Scripts and Calligraphy: A Timeless Journey" Exhibition Begins to Receive Visitors Today    Golf superstars confirm for $1m Aramco Team Series - London    $10 million Red Sea Fund to back over 100 projects    Saudi Music Commission Dedicates Patriotic Song to Green Falcons    Ministry of Culture holds 'Scripts and Calligraphy: A Timeless Journey' exhibition    Indian man believed to have headed 'world's largest family' dies    Ministry of Health: People With Obesity are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Infections    Saudi National Team Beats Singaporean Counterpart 3-0 in FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers    Saudi National Shooting Team Wins Gold, Silver Medals in Arab Shooting Championship    Saudi U-20 Team Beats Bosnia at End of Croatian Tournament    Saudi U-20 Team Concludes Croatia Camp with a Match vs Bosnian National Team    Ithra Holds Environment Exhibit    Use of external loudspeakers at mosques to be restricted to Adhan and Iqamat-ul-salah    From whom do we take Shariah? How do we get legitimacy?    Welcome to beautiful Ramadan customs    Vaccination does not invalidate fasting, says UAE Fatwa Council    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

UN rights chief calls for de-escalation in Israel-Palestine crisis
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 16 - 05 - 2021

Amid increasing bloodshed and volatility in Gaza and Israel, UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Saturday appealed for a de-escalation in tensions and urged all sides to respect international law.
"Over the past 10 days, the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel has deteriorated at an alarming rate," she said in a statement.
"The situation in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem, triggered by threats of forced evictions of Palestinian families; the heavy presence of Israeli Security Forces and violence around the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan; the severe escalation of attacks from and on Gaza; and the shocking incitement to racial hatred and violence in Israel have all led to vicious attacks and mounting casualties in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Israel."
Bachelet added that "rather than seeking to calm tensions, inflammatory rhetoric from leaders on all sides appears to be seeking to excite tensions rather than to calm them."
Security Council meets on Sunday
Meanwhile, casualties continue to mount in exchanges between the Israeli Defense Forces and those from the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza. On Saturday, UNICEF Palestine reported on Twitter that eight children were killed overnight in Gaza and that so far 40 children there, and two in Israel, have lost their lives.
The UN Security Council will meet on Sunday morning to debate the crisis. Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, will address ambassadors.
Bachelet warned that the firing of large numbers of indiscriminate rockets by Palestinian armed groups into Israel, including densely populated areas, amounts to war crimes.
There are also concerns that some attacks by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza "targeted civilian objects that, under international humanitarian law, do not meet the requirements to be considered as military objectives."
Her statement said failure to adhere to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in conducting military operations "amounts to a serious violation of international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes."
"I urge both sides to ensure strict respect for their obligations under international law. Israel, as the occupying power, also has a duty to ensure unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance to the Gaza strip," the UN rights chief said. "Those found to be responsible for violations must be held to account."
Mob violence, inflammatory language
Bachelet also called on the Israeli Government to take action against the "disturbing outbreak of violence" between ultra-right-wing groups, including Israeli settlers, and Palestinian citizens of Israel, in several cities of the country.
She expressed particular concern over "the apparently highly organized nature of some attacks as well as inflammatory language that may amount to incitement to racial and religious hatred and violence."
Reports also indicate that in some cases, organized convoys arrived from Israeli settlements in the West Bank to join local groups. Violent attacks have also been perpetrated by some Palestinian citizens of Israel.
"I am particularly concerned at reports that Israeli police failed to intervene where Palestinian citizens of Israel were being violently attacked, and that social media is being used by ultra-right-wing groups to rally people to bring 'weapons, knives, clubs, knuckledusters' to use against Palestinian citizens of Israel," Bachelet said.
She reminded the Israeli authorities of their duty to protect all residents and citizens and urged political leaders to refrain from actions that will inflame tensions and instead work to prevent and address incitement to hatred and violence.
Investigate all violations
The High Commissioner was also deeply disturbed by the reported use of live ammunition by Israeli Security Forces during protests and clashes in the West Bank, resulting in the death of 10 Palestinians on Friday alone.
Bachelet called for independent, transparent and thorough investigations into all allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
"We know from recent history how such a grave situation can advance with utterly catastrophic consequences for thousands of civilians," she said.
"There can be no winner, no sustainable peace resulting from the furtherance of the cycle of violence. I urge all sides — and States with influence — to take immediate measures to ensure respect for international law, ease tensions, and work to resolve — rather than fan — the conflict."

Clic here to read the story from its source.