Days of Palestine, Montreal –Senior UN official believes that Israeli policies are discriminatory and criminal according to the principles of international law.
Professor Richard Falk said: “Israel’s policies and practices against the subjugated nation of Palestine are overtly apartheid and should be condemned by the International Criminal Court.”
Richard Falk is a world-renowned professor of international law and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.
He explained what he meant with “apartheid.” He said “It is authoritatively considered one form of crime against humanity.”
Falk added: “Apartheid policies do not necessarily need to resemble the system of racial segregation and discrimination that existed in South Africa from 1948 to 1999.
“What is necessary for the crime to be committed is systematic discrimination against a specific group identified by reference to ethnicity, race, religion, and encoded into its governing structure.”
The official also critics the eight-year old siege on Gaza. “The maintenance of the unlawful blockade of goods to and from Gaza is well established as a form of collective punishment of the occupied civilian population of Gaza.
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He continued: “It is a flagrant violation of the most fundamental obligation of the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law.”