NEW YORK: Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967 called on the international community to shoulder its legal obligation and duties to compel the Zionist entity to end its 52 year-long “occu-annexation” of Palestinian territory and remove barriers preventing Palestinian self-determination.
Michael Lynk made the call on Wednesday in his latest report on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territory: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
“The status quo of Israel’s ‘occu-annexation’ is endlessly sustainable without decisive international intervention because of the grossly asymmetrical balance of power on the ground,” said Lynk.
“Accountability is the key to opening the titanium cage that is the permanent occupation. The international community has issued countless resolutions and declarations critical of the never-ending Israeli occupation. The time has long past to match these criticisms with effective consequences.”
To remedy this, Lynk recommended that the international community should devise a list of effective countermeasures which would be “appropriate and proportional” to the circumstances.
His report outlines some modern examples of applying pressure, such as diplomatic public statements, trade sanctions, flight bans, travel restrictions and reduction or suspension of aid.
“Should Israel remain unmoved, (the international community) should apply and escalate the range of its targeted countermeasures until compliance had been achieved,” he said.
Lynk said the occupation is the longest in the modern world. It has been characterized by what he described as “a strong sense of impunity” by Israel.
“This occupation will not die of old age,” he stated.
“Palestinians, along with Israelis of conscience, have been asking repeatedly for the international community to act decisively in support of international law to compel Israel to end the occupation and enable Palestinian self-determination. We can’t afford to ignore their call.”
Link’s remarks coincided with the release of the monthly report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which revealed that since the beginning of 2019 until September, 547 Palestinians, including 259 children, have lost their homes due to the demolition policy in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, exceeding the number of people displaced in the entire 2018.