UN report on the 2014 Gaza War

With time for the release of the UN report on the 2014 Gaza War drawing near, Israel is irritable. As a pre-emptive move, it hopes to issue its own narrative of events in a report. Israel has termed the UN report a “waste of time”. The Palestine government has rejected Israel’s threats and pledged to stick by its demand for an international inquiry. Israel’s nervousness is also apparent in its decision to refuse entry to Makarim Wibisono, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. This is the second time he has been refused permission in two years. Staying with Gaza, people in Gaza have launched a ‘Boycott Israeli Products campaign’ under the aegis of the Palestinian National Initiative. In their protests they warn that Israeli goods sold in Gaza “go to the Israeli army”.

Prison conditions further deteriorate as do conditions under which people are arrested. Israel has rejected prisoner’s rights to protest their detention through hunger strikes. An Israel law now permits prison authorities to force feed them. This is clearly an attempt to stifle protest in prisons.
Suppression is also evident in Israel’s threat to President Abbas to be “patient and stay calm until the end of this year, and to stop their illusions about isolating Israel”. Israel has threatened that their tanks will be sweeping the West Bank within 24 hours if Abbas does not pull back.The European boycott campaign against the Israeli settlements’ agricultural products is showing results. Israel’s settlement economy has suffered a loss of $6 billion in the years 2013 and 2014. According to the data of the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, these losses are likely to climb to $9.5 billion by the end of 2015.

 

This is the news for today. We hope it is useful in knowing more facts about the occupation. Please disseminate widely.

In solidarity,

 

Ranjan Solomon
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum

 

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