As independent human rights organizations working to protect the rights of Palestinian residents of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), we welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Human Rights Council (HRC), particularly Agenda Item 7. We are deeply concerned, and request intervention by the HRC to effectively address:
- The ongoing lack of domestic accountability in Israel for serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL), such as those committed in the context of repeated Israeli military operations in the oPt, particularly the Gaza Strip, but also in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem);
- Israeli forces’ use of excessive and intentional force without justification against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, including journalists and medical crews. Alleged cases of the deliberate fatal shooting of individuals who posed no imminent danger to life amounts to an appalling pattern of apparent systematic unlawful killings;
- Israel’s prolonged military occupation of the oPt comprising many illegal aspects, including the eight-year closure/blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is the root cause of recurring violence and ongoing violations of the human rights of Palestinians;
- Israel’s persistent non-cooperation with independent international investigations, including relevant UN Special Procedures and especially the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the oPt, and commissions of inquiry.