On Wednesday, 2 October 2019, Mr. Michael Herold, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Representative Office in Ramallah, visited Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City and met with Al Mezan’s Director General, Mr. Issam Younis.
The diplomat was briefed on the state of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip as Israel’s blockade enters its 13th year with aggravating measures restricting movement of people and goods into and out of the costal enclave. Mr. Younis noted that the ongoing Palestinian internal division has severely undermined not only the fundamental rights of the people but also the rule of law and the overall living conditions in Gaza. He also stressed that the international community must actively defend human rights and international law and bring the ongoing violations to an end, including through holding perpetuators to account.
In conclusion, Mr. Younis reiterated that the international community’s support to the Palestinians must be accompanied with political pressure on the Israeli government to lift the injustice weighing down on the protected civilians in the oPt per the rules of international law.