Days of Palestine – Gaza
As Israeli occupation forces intensify their aggressions on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian worshippers during the holy Ramadan month, they continue to collective punishment Gaza Strip.
Israeli occupation closed Friday the crossing with Gaza in the face of Palestinian workers working in the occupied lands after an alleged missile was fired from Gaza into an empty area beyond Gaza’s border with “Israel.”
According to the latest Gaza statistics, about 12,000 Palestinian workers ran away from the deep poverty of the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza for more than 14 years to work in the occupied lands of Palestine “Israel.”
Closing the border and depriving Gazan workers of their work amounts to collective punishment.
Michael Lynk, a UN human rights expert, said that Israel should immediately halt what amounts to “collective punishment” against the Palestinian people, which is “most strikingly seen” in its continuing closure of Gaza.
“The extent of the devastating impact of Israel’s collective punishment policy can be most strikingly seen in its ongoing 13-year-old closure of Gaza, which now suffers from a completely collapsed economy, devastated infrastructure, and a barely functioning social service system,” Michael Lynk added.
“These practices entail serious violations against Palestinians, including the right to life, freedom of movement, health, adequate shelter, and an adequate standard of living,” he said after submitting a report to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council.
“Collective punishment has been forbidden under international humanitarian law through Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. No exceptions are permitted.”
The special rapporteur’s new report also punitively criticized Israel’s continued policy to demolish Palestinian homes.
“Since 1967, Israel has destroyed more than 2,000 Palestinian homes, designed to punish Palestinian families for acts some of their members may have committed, but they did not,” he said.
“This practice is in clear violation of Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Hebrew media reported that the Israeli occupation army is preparing for the possibility of new aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Fearing the fall of its government, Israel seeks to export its security crises to Gaza to escape the Intifada in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the occupied interior, they said.
Hebrew media added that IOF recruited several reserve battalions in the army to prepare for a multi-day battle with Gaza as a second step after the economic sanctions.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu, the former Israeli Prime Minister, announces that the day of the fall of the Naftali Bennett government is approaching.