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Report: Shocking figures 16 years after siege of Gaza imposed

Council on International Relations (CIR) issued Wednesday a comprehensive report highlighting the repercussions of the stifling Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

 

The Gaza Strip, according to the report, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with approximately 2.35 million people (47.3% of them children under 18 years of age) living in a narrow coastal enclave of only 360 square kilometers.

 

The refugees who were displaced due to the Israeli occupation in 1948 is and 1967, constitute approximately 71% of the total population live in camps that lack the minimum necessities of a decent human life.

 

The report said: “The siege has had profound effects on the living conditions in Gaza, heavily impacting economic and social conditions, infrastructure, and health and education services. This report reviews the repercussions of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than 16 years by documenting a set of figures and facts that were monitored by governmental, local and international reports.”

 

“What makes life in Gaza even more tragic is the unjust siege imposed by the Israeli occupation since 2006, when the Palestinian Movement Hamas won the Palestinian elections,” the report added.

According to the CIR, the disastrous effects of the siege is prompted the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to call for considering the siege a flagrant violation of the international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a form of collective punishment practiced by the Israeli occupation against the residents of the Gaza Strip.

 

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Israeli occupation deliberately killing Abu Hamid war crime: CIR

Council on International Relations (CIR) affirmed that the deliberate killing of the Palestinian detainee Nasser Abu Hamid by the Israeli occupation through medical negligence is a war crime and a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

 

The CIR in a statement Wednesday denounced the international silence towards this crime, in conjunction with their continuous weeping over the captive Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

 

“The occupation does not care about any international agreements or positions, flouting international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions which provides for the provision of medical care to detainees and their release in case of severe illness”, the Cir added.

 

The Gaza-based body called on the international community, human rights institutions and the International Committee of the Red Cross to condemn this crime and pressure on the occupying state to hand over the body of the martyr for burial, and to stop the policy of detaining the bodies of the martyrs.

 

The Council called, as well, on the permanent international fact-finding committee to open an urgent investigation into the circumstances of the Nasser death, announce its results, and hold the perpetrators accountable., including obligating the occupation authorities to assume their legal responsibilities towards Palestinian detainees.

CIR: Celebrating Int’l Human Rights Day opportunity to highlight Israeli crimes

The Palestinian people are still deprived of their human rights because of the ongoing occupation, crimes, siege and aggression, Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) said in a statement issued Saturday.

The Council said the International Human Rights Day coincides with ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, in light of violations of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international law and international humanitarian law.

The CIR added that the Israeli aggression continued through full-scale military attacks, and the imposition of an illegal and comprehensive siege on the Gaza Strip, which constitutes collective punishment and crimes against humanity under the rules of international humanitarian law.

“The occupation continues to violate the Palestinian human rights through further Judaization of Jerusalem, the demolition of homes, the expulsion of Palestinian residents from their homes, the construction of more settlement units and the theft of land,” the statement said.

The Council called upon the international community and institutions of international law to shoulder their responsibilities and put pressure on the Israeli occupation in order to abide by the rules and principles of international law.

The CIR also called on the International Criminal Court to hold the Israeli war criminals accountable for their ongoing and systematic crimes the Palestinian people.

International Conference in Gaza Confirms that Gaza Blockade Is War Crime

Speakers during an international conference, entitled “16 Years of the Gaza Siege; Repercussions and Prospects” that was held today, Monday, November 28, 2022, in Gaza City confirmed that the continuation of the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip is a war crime against the Palestinians and a disgrace to the world.

During the conference held by the Council on International Relations – Palestine, the speakers called on the international community to work to end this unjust siege, which represents a disgrace to humanity in the twenty-second century.

The conference hosted a group of international figures who have played an important role and had outstanding contributions in terms of attempts to break the Israeli occupation blockade imposed on the city.

The conference aims, according to its organizers, to shed light on the repercussions of the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza 16 years ago on the political, social, and economic levels, and to seek to activate the international and solidarity movement again against the blockade imposed on Gaza.

Figures representing the governmental sectors and Palestinian civil society, as well as characters representing the international community, participated in the conference to address the repercussions of the blockade imposed on the Strip.

“Our people are suffering in all fields and are deprived of their most basic rights to housing and medicine, and their suffering will remain evidence of the crime of genocide committed against humanity,” said Mohammed Hashim al-Farrar, deputy head of the Government Action Follow-up Committee, in a speech during the conference.

Al-Farra added, “Gaza was subjected to a suffocating humanitarian blockade, and strict restrictions and war were imposed on the Strip in all humanitarian fields.”

He explained that the industrial and productive sector was paralyzed, while more than 80% of the factories were closed due to the blockade, indicating that the electrical deficit in the Gaza Strip reached more than 50% due to the continuation of the blockade.

Al-Farra stated that the blockade caused an increase in poverty, unemployment, a housing crisis, health and financial disability, and the death of many patients because the Israeli occupation prevented them from traveling abroad for medical treatment.

He called on the international community to work to end this unjust blockade, which represents a disgrace to humanity in the twenty-second century, thanking all parties that stood by the Palestinian people during the blockade and supported them in all forms.

In turn, Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Al-Qanou said that the blockade have been imposed on Gaza 16 years ago is a human crime against the Palestinian people, and a disgrace to the world that deals with double standards, stressing that the Palestinian people will not accept the continuation of the blockade.

For his part, Khader Habib, a leader in the Islamic Jihad Movement, affirmed that the Palestinian people will not compromise on their resistance, and will face the blockade with all the legitimate means available to them.

As well, a member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front, Maher Mezher, described the continuation of the blockade as a war crime that requires all efforts to end it.

Mezher stressed the right of the Palestinian resistance to activate all options to confront the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip for 16 years.

As for the official spokesman of the National Initiative Movement in Gaza, Yaghi Aed, he said that the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza is a war crime that reflects the policy of state terrorism, stressing that the Palestinian people will continue their way to end the siege and liberate their land in order to establish their state.

The conference activities include 3 sessions, in addition to the opening and closing sessions. The first sessions focused on the repercussions of the blockade imposed on Gaza, the second dealt with the experiences of breaking the blockade on Gaza, and the third session dealt with the future of the blockade imposed on the Strip.

CIR to hold International conference highlighting Gaza siege impacts after 16 years

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) is to hold an international conference highlighting the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, with the participation of international and Arab figures.

The conference “16 Years of the Siege of Gaza: Repercussions and Prospects” will host as well a group of international figures who played an important role and had distinguished contributions in terms of attempts to break the siege imposed on the coastal enclave.

The conference aims, according to the CIR, to shed light on the impacts of the 16-year long siege at the political, social and economic levels, mobilize the international and solidarity movement and attract official political positions to reject the siege.

The event will be attended by figures representing the Gaza government committee and civil society; to address the repercussions of the siege.

The three sessions of the conference will include three aspects. The first highlights the repercussions of the siege, the second deals with the experiences of breaking the siege on Gaza, and the final session deals with the future of the siege.

The Gaza Strip has been suffering for 16 years from a strict and stifling siege imposed by the Israeli occupation, as a punishment for the results of the democratic process and the Palestinians electing Hamas to lead the Palestinian political decision.

 

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CIR mourns death of Swiss Michel Bühler, prominent supporter of Palestine

CIR mourns death of Swiss Michel Bühler, prominent supporter of Palestine

Council on International Relations expressed its deepest condolences over the death of the Swiss author, writer and artist, Michel Bühler, one of the most prominent supporters of the Palestinian people and their just cause.

In a condolences letter sent to Bühler’s widow, the CIR said that Bühler was known for his bold stances with the Palestinian people and their rights, and for his courageous support of the oppressed peoples everywhere.

The Council add: “We recall when a delegation of parliamentarians and Europeans visited Gaza in 2010, everyone was busy visiting the sites bombed by the Israeli occupation, while Bühler asked for arranging meetings with children and youth to hear their suffering through art and music.

Bühler left nearly 300 songs, wrote about 30 books and plays, and fought many battles for justice and human dignity.

CIR: UN Referring Question of Palestine to ICJ Historic Breakthrough

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the request by the UN Fourth Committee for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.

 

The CIR said in a statement issued Saturday, that the committee’s request gives the Palestinians an incentive to continue their legal battle to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

 

“If the ICJ concluded that this is a continuing occupation, the occupying power will face a serious crisis, and there will be a few countries that will stand by it,” the Council said.

 

The CIR added that this would strengthen the position of the countries that remain neutral, and give them a strong reason to stop dealing with the settlements and oppose the policy of apartheid, which will lead to the isolation of the Israeli occupation at the international level.

 

The Gaza-based body welcomed the unanimous vote of the United Nations General Assembly on four resolutions in favor of Palestine, including the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and the illegality of settlements.

 

In its statement, the Council thanked the countries that voted in favor of the resolutions, stressing that the battle in the diplomatic arena comes within the legitimate tools guaranteed by international law to the Palestinians in their struggle against the occupation and its crimes.

CIR: holding Association Council, EU rewards Israeli occupation for its crimes

Council on International Relations – Palestine accused the European Union of encouraging the occupation and rewarding it for its continuing crimes against the Palestinians by reviving the European-Israeli Partnership Council between the European bloc and the occupying country.

The council said in a statement issued, Sunday, that holding this council in the presence of the occupation Prime Minister Lapid comes in light of the occupation’s war crimes in Gaza and the West Bank and its continuous violations in Jerusalem and building more settlements.

Activating the Association Council relieves the pressure on the occupation after it was accused of committing the crime of apartheid by many international human rights organizations and the crime of assassinating journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the CIR added.

The Council accused the EU of hypocrisy in its attitudes towards the occupation. While it claims its opposition to the occupation and the settlements in words, it practically supports them with millions of euros through bilateral projects like Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe that directly and indirectly support Israeli companies involved in the occupation such as army institutions and companies that promote settlement.

In its statement, the Council called on the European Union to retract the Association Council meeting and not be a partner in whitewashing the crimes of the occupation and its continuous violations of international law and international humanitarian law. Instead, the CIR said, the EU must pressure the occupying power to end its continued occupation of the Palestinian territories, end the siege of Gaza, stop crimes against the Palestinians, and abide by its duties as an occupying power towards our people and their inherent rights to freedom, independence and the right to self-determination.

The European Union announced Thursday that it will hold the first meeting of the “Association Council” with “Israel” on Monday since 2012.

CIR: Israeli occupation underestimates int’l positions by closure of Palestinian NGOs

Council on International Relations – Palestine expressed its full solidarity with the Palestinian human rights organizations whose offices were closed and brutally assaulted by the Israeli occupation Thursday. The CIR denounced the fierce Israeli attack against the Palestinian human rights body.

 

The council said in a statement issued Friday that the attack on human rights NGOs reflects the occupation’s fear of being held accountable for its crimes and bringing them to international courts.

 

“The occupation has disregarded all international positions that refused the occupation decision to list the NGOs on terror list. “Israel” underestimated those positions and committed its heinous crime yesterday”, the CIR added.

 

The Gaza-based body affirmed that the campaign waged by the occupation against the Palestinian human rights body will not wipe out its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people, who will continue their struggle and resistance to the occupation by all means available, including the legal struggle.

 

The Council called on the international community not to be satisfied with condemnation and hollow statements, and to move to protect human rights activists and take serious positions against Israeli crimes.

 

At dawn yesterday, Israeli Forces broke into, searched and sealed the offices of seven Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations in Ramallah. Their property was confiscated and destroyed. Israeli forces left copies of military orders to close the offices of the organizations.

CIR Slams UN for Leaving “Israel” off Child Rights Violators ‘List of Shame’

Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) slammed the UN for leaving “Israel” off the “list of shame” issued for organizations and countries that violate the rights of children in conflict areas.

 

The Council said in a statement issued Friday, that this decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations not only exonerates the occupation, but also gives it the green light to continue its crimes and violation of all international laws.

 

“This year report contradicts itself, as it stated that the Israeli occupation bears responsibility for killing 78 Palestinian children and maiming 982 others in the occupied Palestinian territories in 2021, and at the same time it did not include “Israel” in the list of countries and groups that violate the rights of children, the CIR added.

 

The Gaza-based body called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to correct this grave mistake and add “Israel” to the list of shame, and even activate all international tools to hold it accountable for its crimes and provide protection for Palestinian children.

 

The “list of shame”, which presently includes 57 government military units and non-state armed groups accountable for serious abuses against children in armed conflict, is a crucial accountability instrument. According to UN regulations, countries listed on the list are only removed after agreeing to and carrying out an action plan to stop their infractions and may be subject to sanctions from the UN Security Council.

 

The “List of Shame”, also known as the “Black List”, was issued by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2002 for organizations and countries that violate the rights of children in conflict areas, a list issued by the United Nations in an annual report.