Today, five days later, battles between mainly civilian Palestinian protestors - many of them refugees - and the Israeli occupation have spread all over the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Palestinian population centers inside Israel (Galilee, Jaffa, Negev). Israeli repression has escalated day by day, including measures which are clearly outlawed by international conventions (Fourth Geneva Convention/Protection of Civilians under Occupation; Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Convention on the Rights of the Child), such as the use of life ammunition and dum-dum bullets against civilians, many of them children; the use of tanks, LAU-missiles, and gun-helicopters against large crowds of protestors, Palestinian civilian homes and security targets; shooting at Palestinian medical staff and ambulances. Thus the violent confrontations between the heavily armed occupation forces and the Palestinian popular resistance equipped with stones and Molotov-cocktails - supported by weakly armed Palestinian security forces - has led to an unprecedented toll of deaths and injuries among the Palestinian people.
In light of the aggravating situation, BADIL Resource Center joins the demand of Palestinian popular institutions and NGOs and the international solidarity movement for a rapid and efficient intervention of the international community for the protection of the Palestinian people. Specifically, we call upon the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Mary Robinson, urging her to implement her mandate to:
1. Respond to the current, serious Israeli violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people in the 1967 occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and in Israel, among others by an immediate investigation of the events;
2. Stimulate and coordinate action for the protection of the human rights of the Palestinian people, including Palestinian rights in Jerusalem and the right of Palestinian refugees to repatriation and restitution of their properties, throughout the United Nations system;
3. Undertake preventive human rights action in the 1967 Israeli occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, especially with regard to Jerusalem - and with regard to Palestinian refugees in Palestine and in exile whose rights and demands for repatriation and restitution (UN Resolution 194) require serious action on behalf of the United Nations and the international community.
BADIL calls upon all those concerned about Palestinian human rights to address the above appeal to:
Ms. Mary Robinson
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Fax: 0041-22-917 9016
- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan;
END the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip - STOP the Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine - Provide INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION for the rights of the Palestinian people, including its refugees!