Jeddah, 8th April 2018: The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) condemned, in the strongest terms, the on-going aggression against the innocent and peaceful Palestinian protesters including the Media and medical personnel on the Gaza Strip border, resulting in the indiscriminate and arbitrary execution of at least 32 Palestinians and injury to more than 1000 others by the Israeli occupation forces over the past week.
For the second Friday in a row, Israel chose to use live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protesters demonstrating against the occupation of their lands. The Commission holds Israel, the occupying power, solely responsible for the indiscriminate and criminal use of force leading to gross human rights violations against the civilian population of Gaza strip peacefully protesting for their legitimate and internationally recognized rights. The Commission reminded that under the international humanitarian law in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel, the occupying power, is responsible for the protection of the Palestinian people. Accordingly, the repeated use of excessive force against innocent civilians including their indiscriminate and arbitrary execution by Israeli occupation forces, constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, which couldn’t be justified under any circumstances.
The Commission also expressed deep concern over the un-relenting humanitarian crisis in Gaza, including the lack of access to water, food, sanitation and electricity as well as much needed medical supplies to over one million besieged civilians since 2007. IPHRC again emphasized that Israel, as the occupying power, bears the prime responsibility for ensuring the protection of all civilians in Gaza and ensuring that their basic needs are met. Unfortunately, however, Israel has only taken steps to worsen the sufferings of Palestinians both in the West Bank and Gaza strip.
While the humanitarian, socio-economic and security conditions in Palestine continue to worsen under Israel’s blatant disregard of International human rights and humanitarian laws, the inaction on part of the UN Security Council is regrettable, to say the least. IPHRC urged the international community in particular the OIC countries to do all they can to put an end to the repeated, serious and systematic Israeli human rights violations against the Palestinians. The United Nations must also commence immediate and independent investigations of the ongoing human rights violations in Gaza to fix responsibility and hold the perpetrators accountable in relevant international courts of justice.
For more information: Please visit IPHRC’s website: www.oic-iphrc.org