It is urgent that Israel respects the Palestinians’ right of return

It is urgent that Israel respects the Palestinians’ right of return
It is urgent that Israel respects the Palestinians’ right of return

In recent days, more than 150,000 Palestinians have been forcibly displaced from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, as Israel intensifies its ground and air operations in the area, putting thousands at risk. lives and blocking access to crucial humanitarian aid. Most of those who have fled have already been displaced several times, due to Israel’s relentless assault on the Gaza Strip over the past seven months.

“Generations of Palestinians in the occupied territories are deeply marked by the trauma caused by multiple uprootings and dispossessions, without any prospect of returning home. It is heartbreaking to see the frightening scenes of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe), as Palestinians call it, repeated as so many Palestinians in Gaza are forced to flee their homes on foot in search of safety, and the Israeli army and state-backed settlers are evicting West Bank Palestinians from their homes,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, executive director for research, of Amnesty International’s advocacy, policy and campaigns.

Following the 1947-1949 conflict, Palestinians were driven from their homes and dispossessed of their land; they were displaced and expelled, with no prospect of return for them or their descendants. The same fate was reserved for the more than 350,000 Palestinians who fled the war of June 1967 and the occupation by Israel of Gaza and the West Bank, notably East Jerusalem. The report published by Amnesty International in 2022 shows that the discriminatory dispossession of land and property of Palestinians prevents them from exercising their rights, including the right of return, and that it constitutes one of the main elements of the system of Israeli apartheid.

“Israel’s decades-long denial of the right of return of Palestinians is one of the root causes of the conflict, and the escalation of violence over the past seven months shows that this must no longer be the case. ignore. »

“On this Nakba Day, the fate of Palestinians is more perilous than ever: dispossessed and subjected to systematic violations of fundamental rights within the framework of a brutal occupation, the inhabitants of Gaza are also face the imminent risk of genocide and are grappling with famine. This is why it is more important than ever, this Wednesday, May 15, to make a resounding call for the Palestinians’ right of return and to remind the world that Israel is denying them this legitimate right, in flagrant violation of international law, for more than 76 years,” said Erika Guevara Rosas.

“Israel’s decades-long denial of the right of return of Palestinians is one of the root causes of the conflict, and the escalation of violence over the past seven months shows that this must no longer be the case. ignore. A lasting and just solution to this conflict must respect human rights, including the Palestinian right of return, and guarantee justice and reparations for victims of violations of international law. »

The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council systematically commit Israel to promoting the return of Palestinians. Yet, despite binding resolutions from the United Nations Security Council, Israel does not even recognize the Palestinians’ right of return.

“All states must respect the rights of people seeking to express solidarity with Palestinians by organizing peaceful protests to commemorate Nakba Day”

The international community must do everything in its power to prevent further forced transfers of Palestinians and put an end to the situation of permanent displacement of all Palestinians, allowing the full exercise of their rights. right of return. An immediate and lasting ceasefire must also be established by all parties in Gaza.

“In recent months, many states, including Israel’s allies, have intensified their repression against pro-Palestinian demonstrators, denying their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. those who support Palestinian rights. All states must respect the rights of people seeking to express solidarity with Palestinians by organizing peaceful protests to commemorate Nakba Day,” said Erika Guevara Rosas.

The exploitation of anti-Semitism with the aim of discrediting protesters or criminalizing criticism of the policies of the State of Israel, as well as the conflation of anti-Semitism with criticism of violations of international law committed by Israel, are particularly problematic and compromise the efforts made by the authorities to combat the real and lasting scourge of anti-Semitism. The authorities must hold to account suspected perpetrators of hate crimes and any incitement to hatred constituting incitement to hostility, discrimination or violence, whether they target Jews or Palestinians, Muslims or from other groups.

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