United Nations Human Rights Council
2 July 2012
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held general debates under its agenda items on the human rights situation in
Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.
Opening the general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, Kyung-wha
Kang, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented the High Commissioner’s report that contained information
received from Turkey concerning the implementation of the fact-finding mission’s conclusions on the incident of the
humanitarian flotilla; the progress report of the High Commissioner on the implementation of Human Rights Council
resolution 19/18 entitled "Follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict"; and
the Secretary-General’s report relating to Council resolution 19/17 concerning Israeli settlements in the occupied
Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan.
Palestine, speaking as a concerned country, called on the Council to bring pressure on Israel to comply with international law and to put an end to its occupation
and the continued attacks on Palestinian citizens, property and infrastructure. Efforts should be made to put an end to
the attacks of Israeli settlers against Palestinians
Turkey, speaking as a concerned country, said more than two years had passed and Israel had taken no effective steps to redress the humanitarian flotilla
incident of May 2010. On the contrary, it had chosen to enhance its reputation of non-compliance, and felt free to use
disproportionate force whenever and wherever.
Syria, speaking as a concerned country, said that the Israeli forces continued their violations in a systematic and persistent manner. The Council and the
Office of the High Commissioner must not remain silent before such practices and should not be put under pressure by the
State committing State terrorism.
In the general debate, numerous delegations deplored Israel’s non-cooperation with the Special Rapporteur and
non-compliance with standards of international law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law
in the occupied Palestinian territories and the occupied Syrian Golan. Delegations were concerned by increased settler
violence; the decision to expand settlements which was seen as a major obstacle to peace; and measures aimed at altering
the legal, geographic and demographic character or status of Jerusalem. Other issues raised were administrative
detention of Palestinians by Israel, ill-treatment and torture. The Council was urged to take action and pressure Israel
to abide by its obligations and comply with all resolutions. Concern was also expressed with regards to the human rights
situation in the occupied Syrian Golan.
Speaking in the interactive dialogue were Egypt on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, Senegal on behalf of the African
Group, Qatar, Russia, Norway, Libya, China, United States, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, India,
Ecuador, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Algeria, Oman, Sudan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Iran,
Slovenia, Egypt, Iceland, South Africa, Lebanon, and Yemen.
The following non-governmental organizations also spoke: Union of Arab Jurists, BADIL Resource Centre for Palestinian
Residency and Refugee Rights, Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, International Organization for the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Al-Haq, International Association of Jewish Lawyer and Jurists,
Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches, Permanent Assembly for Human
Rights, Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples, North-South XXI, Organization for Defending
Victims of Violence, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Indian Movement Tupaj Amaru, United Nations Watch,
Association of World Citizens, Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik and the Coordinating Board of Jewish Organizations.
General Debate on the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories
The Council has before it the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the status of
implementation of the conclusions contained in the report of the independent international fact-finding mission on the
incident of the humanitarian flotilla (HRC/20/3/Rev.1).
The Council has before it the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution
19/17 (entitled "Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the
occupied Syrian Golan") (HRC/20/13).
The Council has before it the progress report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the
implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 19/18 (entitled "Follow-up to the report of the United Nations
Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict") (HRC/20/36).
Presentation of Reports by the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
KYUNG-WHA KANG, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented three reports prepared under agenda item 7 on the
human rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories. First, the High Commissioner’s report
A/HRC/20/3/Rev.1 contained information received from Turkey concerning the implementation of the fact-finding mission’s
conclusions on the incident of the humanitarian flotilla. The main conclusions of the fact-finding mission had not yet
been met with effective action by the Israeli authorities. Second, report A/HRC/20/36 was a progress report of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 19/18
(entitled "Follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict") that indicated the
steps that had been taken to gather information on the recommendations of the fact-finding mission. Third, the report
relating to Council resolution 19/17 concerned Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and the
occupied Syrian Golan. The Secretary-General’s report A/HRC/20/13 addressed resolution 19/17 that called for action by
Israel, the President of the Human Rights Council and the Secretariat. The Secretary-General’s report indicated that the
expansion of Israeli settlements in the West bank was ongoing. Another phenomenon linked to the expansion of settlements
was the violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their properties.
The High Commissioner continued to be concerned over Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip which had been ongoing
for five years and stressed the urgent need to improve the protection of civilians in Gaza. She also noted however that
a decrease of lethal incidents in the Israeli-enforced access restricted areas around Gaza had been reported. She
expressed concern about the situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli jails. She mentioned the reports
that had been received about arbitrary detentions carried out by Palestinian security forces. The High Commissioner’s
Office in the occupied Palestinian territory was going to continue to monitor, report and address human rights concerns
in the territory. The High Commissioner had expressed surprise at the announcement of Israel’s decision to suspend
relations with the High Commissioner’s Office and asked Israel to reconsider that decision.
Statements by Concerned Countries
Palestine, speaking as a concerned country, said it would have liked Israel to participate in this general debate. It was strange and Palestine denounced that
Israel had decided not to engage with the Council which attested to its arrogance and disregard for the Council and its
resolutions. Israel had taken this decision after denouncing the Council and the Office of the High Commissioner as a
political tool to demonise Israel. Israel refused to engage not only with the Council but with resolutions and
mechanisms of the United Nations as a whole. Palestine asked about how effective Israel’s full membership to this
organization was while depriving the Palestinian people from the enjoyment of their rights, through the occupation of
its territory, but also by denying Palestine full membership.
Palestine valued the efforts made by the International Fact-Finding Commission and the Commission of Inquiry, noting the
challenges and pressures surrounding their work. Palestine called on the need for all parties to comply with their
responsibilities under international law so that the resolutions could be effectively implemented, and called on the
Council to bring pressure on Israel to comply with international law and put an end to its occupation, the continued
attacks on Palestinian citizens, property and infrastructure. Efforts should be made to put an end to the attacks of
Israeli settlers against Palestinians, and to ensure that Israel complied with international law and the Geneva
Conventions with regards to the treatment of civilians and prisoners.
Turkey, speaking as a concerned country, drew attention to the flotilla tragedy of May 2010. The international community did not remain silent in the face of
that blatant case of violation of human rights and the Council had risen to the occasion by, among others, appointing a
team of independent experts to investigate this issue. The main conclusion of the report was that the military attack by
Israel on the humanitarian flotilla was tantamount to a series of grave violations of international law, international
humanitarian law and international human rights law. However, more than two years had passed and Israel had taken no
effective steps to redress the situation. On the contrary, it had chosen to enhance its reputation of non-compliance,
and felt free to use disproportionate force whenever and wherever. The families of the victims and civil society were
still seeking justice while perpetrators of the deadly raid had been treated as heroes by Israel. The international
community could not allow such heedless disregard for humanity to be ignored.
Syria, speaking as a concerned country, said that the Israeli forces continued their violations in a systematic and persistent manner, taking over the land
and farms and depriving Syrians in the Golan from exporting their agricultural produce, even though the International
Committee of the Red Cross was aware of this, as it participated in the yearly marketing of these products. Israel
forced inhabitants of the Occupied Syrian Golan to move, in order to increase the 40 settlements in which some 40,000
settlers live. It also continued to uproot trees and confiscate land in the Golan in order to build wind electricity
plants and take water for the settlers. One of most dangerous things was the building of walls. In addition to the
shameful wall of the West Bank, Israel had started building separation walls on the borders of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon
and Syria. Nine prisoners from the occupied Syrian Golan had been held in detention only for their refusal of the
occupation, in inhumane conditions, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. Theft of water continued,
affecting 35 per cent of the water in the Golan. Israel was perpetrating State terrorism, inherently hostile and totally
disregarded basic human rights. If they wanted to preserve their credibility and reputation as two international organs
for the establishment of justice, the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner must not remain
silent before such practices and should not be put under pressure by the State committing State terrorism.
General Debate on the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories
Egypt, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, reaffirmed its support for the people who strove to realize their right to self-determination and was committed to
supporting the Palestinians to establish their own independent State on the borders of 4 June 1967 with East Jerusalem
as its capital. Israel should be held accountable for its continued violations of human rights and humanitarian laws;
lift the illegal blockade on Gaza; release Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese prisoners held in Israeli prisons; and put
an end to the illegal detention of women and children and to the degrading treatment of detainees. The Non-Aligned
Movement expressed concern over the issue of settlements and the ongoing violent acts by Israeli settlers against
Palestinians. It urged the international community to take action to address the situation in the occupied Syrian Arab
Golan and the remaining occupied Lebanese land.
Senegal, speaking on behalf of the African Group, denounced once again the colonizing conduct of Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories which was illegal and
had been condemned by the international community. The African Group stressed the need to put an immediate end to the
construction of new settlements in the territories and the construction of the wall. It condemned the deterioration of
the conditions of detention of Palestinian prisoners, their unjustified arrest and the systematic violation of their
rights by the occupying forces, including depriving them of their right to have visits from their families.
Cyprus, speaking on behalf of the European Union, reiterated its commitment to the security of Israel and condemned rocket attacks from Gaza and violence deliberately
targeting civilians. The European Union also expressed concern over Israel’s settlement construction and expansion in
the occupied territories, the demolition of homes and the series of evictions which were illegal under international
law, and called upon Israel to meet its obligations regarding the living conditions of the Palestinian population in
that area. Israeli and Palestinian human right defenders should be able to carry out their work without restrictions.
The European Union called on the Government of Israel to comply with its obligations under international law.
Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, affirmed the need to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as
its capital, and ensure the return of refugees with relevant United Nations resolutions. The Organization of Islamic
Cooperation demanded, among others, that Israel comply with the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the
construction of the wall; remove checkpoints and crossing points, and facilitate free movement of persons and goods
within the occupied Palestinian territories; immediately lift the siege on Gaza; and refrain from any measure aiming at
altering the legal, geographic and demographic character or status of Jerusalem.
Jordan, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, said that Israel continued its occupation in total disregard of all decisions taken by the United Nations and all its
agencies and concerned organs in a systematic policy that violated international law, international humanitarian law and
international human rights law. Israel continued to refuse to abide by the advisory opinion of the International Court
of Justice regarding the wall. Israel had chosen a policy of colonization instead of the peace process. The Arab Group
called on the Council and High Commissioner to immediately and urgently act in order to save the lives of Palestinian
prisoners and detainees. The Arab Group reiterated its call to put pressure on Israel to abide by its obligations and
shoulder its responsibilities.
Qatar expressed concern at the contents of the reports regarding the continuation of Israel’s colonization policies. This
meant that the solution of a Palestinian State was becoming almost impossible. Qatar condemned Israel’s use of
administrative detention, the demolishing of houses, and the continuing siege of Gaza. Israel was clearly determined to
continue committing more violations in the occupied Arab territories in clear denial of international legitimacy,
international human rights law and international humanitarian law. It was killing any chance of peace.
Russian Federation continued to advocate a solution to the conflict through peaceful means and a two-State solution on the basis of
international law, the work of the Quartet and United Nations resolutions. Russia rejected unilateral actions against
the status of the Palestinian territory, including the expansion of settlements, evictions of Palestinian people and
destruction of their property, and the continuation of the Gaza blockade. Russia expressed concern about the
administrative detention of Palestinians and continued attacks carried out by settlers. Russia was prepared to further
cooperate with partners and to host a Moscow conference on Middle East peace after the resumption of talks among the
Norway remained concerned about human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory. The occupation itself remained the key
obstacle for the Palestinian population to enjoy their full human rights and denied the Palestinian people their
fundamental right of self-determination. Norway deplored the expansion of settlements in violation of international law
and the increase in settler violence against Palestinians and their property. Norway deplored the rocket attacks from
the Gaza Strip against Israel and the lack of discrimination between civilian and military targets in clear violation of
international humanitarian law.
Libya said that the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and Syrian Golan was of great concern. The Palestinian
people had suffered from oppression for over half a century and Israel disregarded humanitarian values and international
law, as illustrated by the refusal to cooperate with the Council and the High Commissioner. Colonisation and the
expansion of settlements, in addition to administrative detention, extrajudicial executions, torture and long-periods of
detention were all examples of violations of the rights of the Palestinian people. The siege of Gaza, the attack on the
humanitarian flotilla and the lack of cooperation with investigations into these events illustrated Israel unwillingness
to cooperate with the Council. The international community and the Council should use all available channels to put an
end to the occupation.
China said that Palestine and Israel should resolve their issues through dialogue and stressed the need for the two parties
to restart dialogue on those issues. China hoped that the blockade of Gaza would be lifted immediately so that the
population of Gaza would be able to live with dignity. It also expressed hope that the situation regarding Palestinian
detainees would improve. China supported the just cause of establishing an independent State of Palestine based on the
borders of 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital. It also supported Palestine to become a member of the United
United States continued to be troubled by the disproportionate and biased focus on Israel as exemplified by the standing agenda item
and stressed that the Council had to treat all countries by the same standards. The goal of the United States remained a
comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East. Ending the underlying conflict was vital to addressing the human
rights issues in Israel and the Palestinian territories and direct negotiations provided the only way for parties to
resolve their differences. The Palestinian people should be able to govern themselves in a sovereign State. The United
States remained committed to supporting the efforts of humanitarian agencies which addressed the needs of Palestinian
refugees and urged Council members to do so too. It also urged the Council to take a balanced and objective approach to
the human rights situation in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
Indonesia deplored Israel’s continued non-compliance with the Council’s resolution 19/17 and urged it to reverse its decision to
construct new housing units for Israeli settlers in the West Bank and around occupied East Jerusalem, and reverse its
settlement policy in the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan. The current policy was in
breach of international law and United Nations Security Council relevant resolutions and constituted a blatant disregard
for the human rights of the Palestinian people to a livelihood, freedom of movement and most significantly, to
Malaysia was gravely concerned regarding Israel’s continued and clear violation of international law, international humanitarian
law and international human rights law, among others, through the continuing expansion of illegal settlements, the
humanitarian Flotilla incident of May 2010, settlement expansion and the prolonged militarily enforced blockade against
Gaza. Malaysia called on Israel to cease all settlement activity and comply immediately and unconditionally with the
demands of resolution 19/17. It was also concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Syrian
Golan as a result of the Israeli occupation, which continued to violate the civil, political, economic social and
cultural rights of the Syrian population.
Maldives was appalled by the climate of impunity in the occupied Palestinian territories, condemned the recent acts of
aggression in Gaza which had caused a number of victims, and urged the Council to continue to monitor closely the
situation in Palestine. It also called for the creation of a Palestinian State on the basis of its 1967 borders and with
East Jerusalem as its capital. Maldives expressed concern over Israel’s practice of administrative detention and the
increasing number of Palestinians detained in unacceptable conditions.
Saudi Arabia regretted the continuation of systematic, illegal practices in the occupied territories which violated the rights of
unarmed Palestinian people. Not only was Israel not making progress, it was also impeding the peace process through the
acceleration of settlements in East Jerusalem and other practices aimed at driving Palestinian people into exile through
a silent displacement policy. It was up to the Council to put an end to those practices and Saudi Arabia called for the
immediate cessation of Israel’s settlement policy. It also called upon the international community to enforce the
implementation of the relevant United Nations resolutions.
Cuba noted that Israel continued to refuse to cooperate with the process which had been established by the Council, which
was shameful and showed lack of respect. The Palestinian people continued to be deprived of their fundamental rights,
including the right to self-determination, and the situation required the urgent attention of the Council. Cuba
proclaimed the need for a just and durable resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian and the Arab-Israeli conflicts and
expressed its full backing to the recognition of a Palestinian State on the basis of its pre-1967 borders and with East
Jerusalem as its capital. It also supported Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.
India, speaking on behalf of India, Brazil and South Africa, regretted the lack of cooperation by Israel, expressed concern about the number of persons under administrative
detention by Israel, and encouraged Israel to engage in dialogue with the protesters who had resorted to hunger strikes
in protest of their detention. Israel’s legitimate security concerns did not justify these targeted actions against
Palestinians. The countries reiterated that there had been neither prosecutions nor effective remedies for violations
noted by the fact-finding mission on the flotilla incident and called on Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza and,
pending such measures, to facilitate the movement of persons and goods to and from Gaza.
Ecuador reiterated its recognition of the State of Palestine as a way to vindicate the legitimate rights of the Palestinian
people to a free, independent, and sovereign State, alongside the right of Israel to live in peace within secure and
internationally recognised borders. Ecuador called upon both parties to seek a peaceful solution through dialogue, and
condemned attacks against Palestinians, including women and children, and the practice of extrajudicial killings.
Ecuador reiterated its support for any steps taken towards dialogue towards a satisfactory settlement for both parties,
without violence or aggression, and that allowed for the full respect for human rights.
Bangladesh said that the occupation continued to cause grave human rights violations and the situation continued to deteriorate
with more settlements, torture and arbitrary arrests and detention. Attacks against Palestinians reinforced the
impression that in Gaza and the West Bank international law did not apply. Various United Nations mechanisms had
reiterated that the blockade on the West Bank and Gaza was unlawful and in violation of international law. The
international community should act without prejudice to compel Israel to abide by and to implement the Geneva
Conventions and relevant resolutions, and guarantee Israel’s withdrawal from all occupied Arab and Palestinian
Tunisia said the fact-finding mission had identified a large number of violations of the human rights of Palestinians,
including the right to life. Impunity had to end, and this also stood for the incident of the humanitarian flotilla.
Tunisia called for pressure to be put on Israel to cooperate with the fact-finding mission, to comply with resolutions
of the Council, and to lift the siege on Gaza. Members of the Council should live up to their responsibilities and
respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Morocco said that administrative detention was of utmost importance in the context of international efforts aimed at reviving
negotiations for a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, and called on the international community to ensure
that they could exercise their rights in line with international humanitarian law, and be provided with the necessary
means for their dignity. Morocco condemned the settlement activities, and the stealing of Palestinian land and houses,
practices which undermined the future of a Palestinian State. The Council had to work on intensifying objective efforts
to put an end to all practices against international legitimacy.
Turkey said that Israeli policies, particularly the ever-expanding Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories,
including East Jerusalem, continued to block every effort towards permanent peace. The international community had to
compel Israel to abandon its expansionist approach and to put an end to all activities destroying the basis for peace.
The blockade on Gaza had to be lifted. The international community should also continue to promote Palestinian efforts
towards consolidating unity in Palestine.
Sri Lanka expressed concern over the suffering that the Palestinian people continued to endure and said that it was disappointed
that no tangible results had been achieved concerning the realization of the Palestinian people’s rights. The attack by
Israel on the humanitarian flotilla was a grave act of aggression and Sri Lanka agreed with the Secretary-General that
the issue of Israeli settlements had a negative impact on the peace process. Sri Lanka supported the right of the
Palestinian people to an independent State and welcomed the Palestinian request for full membership of the United
Algeria said that the reports which had been submitted to the Council showed the breach of international humanitarian law and
the hostile policy that had been used against the Palestinian people for over six decades. Algeria stressed that the
right of the Palestinian people to self-determination was very important and noted that there were also Syrians living
under occupation in the Golan who were suffering. Israel had refused to cooperate on the report concerning the flotilla
incident and Algeria called for a change to the status quo and accountability for all those responsible for the ongoing
aggression in the region.
Oman said that the future looked bleak given the refusal of Israel to cooperate with the ongoing efforts to resolve the
problem. Palestinian farms and houses had been destroyed and people’s rights had been violated. Arabs had been arrested
and detained by Israel in total violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions. Israel was responsible for
the life and dignity of all detainees, therefore Oman called on all international organizations to assume their
responsibility towards all those detainees. It also urged the international community to put an end to the crimes
committed in the occupied territories which could only be described as crimes against humanity.
Sudan reaffirmed the importance it attached to the reports presented to the Council and called upon the parties concerned to
implement the conclusions of the fact-finding mission. Sudan highlighted Israel’s lack of cooperation with the Council
and called on the Israeli authorities to take action, in particular, regarding the rights of victims and the need to
ensure that the perpetrators of human rights violations were held accountable. Sudan called upon Israel to respect its
commitments under international law, and to remove the blockade of Gaza.
Bahrain said that human rights were a shared responsibility of all countries with no exception, including the rights of peoples
under occupation to self-determination. Bahrain condemned Israel’s ongoing aggression against Palestinians for more than
60 years. Israel was using administrative detention in blatant violation of international law and was holding
Palestinians for indeterminate periods; it continued to build new settlements in violation of international law,
undermining the possibility of a two-State solution. Bahrain urged the Council to work to ensure the rights of the
Palestinians in particular and the right to an independent State.
United Arab Emirates noted with concern the recent declaration by Israel in relation to its refusal to cooperate with United Nations
mechanisms. This constituted an obstacle to international efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement. The reports
documented the continued expansion of settlements and demolitions of Palestinian property. Israeli should stop the
expansion of settlements, which went counter to international law and made any two-State solution impossible.
Iran said the continuing illegal and illegitimate blockage on Gaza was of great concern. Iran called upon the international
community and all relevant United Nations bodies, in particular the Council, to immediately take all effective legal and
practical measures available to ensure that the Israeli regime lifted the siege without delay and, amongst others,
released all Palestinian prisoners, particularly children, women and members of the Palestinian Parliament.
Egypt said that at a time when the international community had so far failed to bring Israel to live up to its
responsibilities and demand accountability, the Council had to work to encourage Israel to comply with its obligations
and put an end to the policy of expansion and settlement, lift the illegal blockade on Gaza and free Palestinian and
Lebanese prisoners held without grounds, and any other practices in flagrant violation of international law. Egypt also
rejected Israel’s obstacles to international efforts to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Gaza.
Iceland said that the situation in the Gaza Strip was nothing but deplorable in its view and a serious human rights violation.
Iceland drew attention to the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur that the Council initiate specific action to
condemn the reliance on administrative detention in relation to Palestinian civilians living under prolonged occupation.
It urged Israel to reverse the decision announced last month to construct approximately eight hundred and fifty
settlement units in several West Bank settlements.
South Africa noted the complete disregard shown by Israel to international law and its obligations under international human rights
law and international humanitarian law. It was regrettable that the blockade on Gaza continued and that the Israeli
Government seemed to be pursuing the legalization of illegal settlement activity. South Africa called on the Council to
act urgently and resolutely, and it endorsed the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur calling for a study on
administrative detentions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Lebanon condemned the systematic violation of Palestinian rights. While the whole world was following developments in the
region, the occupying power showed no interest in the process and continued to expand its settlements despite all the
political solutions sought. It was up to the international community to put an end to this double standard and to bind
Israel to respect the relevant resolutions and assume its responsibilities concerning the Syrian Golan and the
Palestinian territories. Lebanon supported the creation of an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its
Yemen said that Israel continued the occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Golan and occupying the Gaza Strip in violation
of international law. This could be considered an extreme form of racism; the transformation of Palestinian communities
into isolated islets was making reconciliation more difficult and preventing the Palestinian people from achieving the
establishment of an independent State; the Israeli occupation had also negatively affected the Palestinian economy and
living standards. Yemen urged the Council to act and put an end to this situation.
Union of Arab Jurists, in a joint statement, said that Israel, in disregard of previous international resolutions, continued to expand its settlements and attempted
to change the geography and population in the Syrian Golan and occupied Palestinian territory. In Gaza, people lived in
an unbearable situation threatened by an impending humanitarian crisis.
Badil Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights said that forcible displacement continued to this day through daily human rights violations by the Israeli occupying
power. Badil Resource Centre drew attention to seam zones, sections of Palestinian land within the occupied Palestinian
territory isolated as a result of the illegal Israeli annexation wall, which were severely restricted, and urged the
Council to highlight and investigate the severe hardship faced by these zones.
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions said that a process of ethnic displacement and Judaization was being witnessed, and was being experienced by
Palestinians residing in Area C of the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. No action on the part of the Council
equated Israeli impunity and that had to be addressed.
International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination said that illegal settlers continued to attack, beat, and kill innocent Palestinian civilians in the presence of and
under the protection of the Israeli army. These settlers were never prosecuted for their criminal acts. This had to be
addressed more closely by the Human Rights Council.
Al-Haq said that some 4,659 Palestinian prisoners currently held in Israeli custody were transferred outside of the occupied
territories in clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. While imprisoned, despite the customary prohibition of
torture and ill-treatment, they faced daily inhuman and degrading treatment at the hands of the Israeli Prison Service.
International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists said that two different commissions had investigated the flotilla incident but Israel had only cooperated with the
enquiry panel established by the Secretary-General. The refusal of Israel and Turkey to implement the panel’s
recommendations, including the monetary compensation of the incident’s victims, was disappointing. The international
community and the Council should encourage Israel and Turkey to implement the recommendations included in the enquiry
Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches in a joint statement expressed concern over the large-scale evictions and demolitions occurring in the West Bank. It raised in particular
the case of the village of Susiya in the South of the West Bank, where residents were facing a demolition order. Israel,
as an occupier in that area, was bound by international humanitarian law and therefore did not have the right to
demolish Palestinian-owned structures or confiscate Palestinian-owned land for construction purposes. Those practices
should cease immediately.
Permanent Assembly for Human Rights condemned the systematic and ongoing violation of human rights perpetrated by Israel against the civilian population in
the occupied territories. It noted that the situation of Palestinian prisoners was not being respected and that the
enforced displacement of Palestinians was occurring. Moreover, resident Palestinian citizens did not have Israeli
citizenship but only residents’ permit, which they lost if they moved. It concluded by condemning the restricted access
to Jerusalem, the expansion of settlements, the building of the wall, and the enforced displacements.
Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’amitié entre les Peuples called upon Member States to stop any military cooperation with Israel, to prohibit public and private companies from
investing in Palestine unless under the auspices of the United Nations, to effectively ensure the protection of the
Palestinian population, and to urge the International Criminal Court to investigate the crimes of war and against
humanity perpetrated against the Palestinian People.
North-South XXI said it had drawn attention to the serious situation of human rights abuses in Palestine and to the massive and
widespread nature of Israel’s violations of the rights of Palestinians. Thousands of lives had been sacrificed and
millions had been driven from their lands. Nearly every fundamental right found in United Nations treaties had been
violated. It was due time that the Council seriously investigated whether Israel’s actions constituted evidence of
Organization for Defending Victims of Violence said that the violation of the fundamental rights of the people of the West Bank had become ordinary. Palestinians in
the West Bank continued to struggle with several problems, including the construction of a racist security barrier and
settlement, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the commission of violent attacks against Palestinians and their
property, and the restriction of movement disrupting daily life and access to medical and educational services.
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies said, in relation to Israel’s recent unilateral declaration to refuse to cooperate with the Council, that it believed
an advisory opinion should be sought from the United Nations International Law Commission concerning the validity of
such a declaration in relation to the treaty obligations of United Nations Member States, as well as the legal
implications that such an act had on the membership privileges of a Government within the United Nations system.
Indian Movement Tupaj Amaru said that Israel continued to covet Arab lands and failed to extend a moratorium on the illegal construction of
settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Through military posts in the Golan, Israel sought to control the water
resources of the Syrian people. No country that oppressed another could ever live in peace.
United Nations Watch said that the International Herald Tribune reported that last Friday, 29 June 2012, was the deadliest day so far in the
Syrian uprising, with the death toll reaching 190 in towns throughout the country. It was regrettable that speakers
today omitted to mention these deaths and instances and had concentrated on issues that had happened two years before.
Association of World Citizens said that the situation in Gaza and the West Bank had become intolerable. Many more streets were now blocked off and
the Association wondered what impact the construction of the wall would have on the daily lives of residents, especially
the most vulnerable who were in need of medical treatment. The water available was of extremely low quality and in terms
of sanitation and health the situation was dire. The Association recommended a meeting of medical staff from both sides
of the border.
Verein Südwind Entwicklungspolitik appreciated the recent reports on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. It emphasized the
fundamental right to life of all Palestinian people and noted the reasons which had led to mass hunger strikes of
Palestinian detainees. The reported increase in the number of administrative detainees and the expansion of settlements
were cause for concern. Palestine had to be admitted to the international community as a country with full rights.
Politics in the region were putting international peace in danger.
Coordinating Board of Jewish Organizations in a joint statement said that the text of the report and especially its recommendations did not meet any standard of
fairness. The Coordinating Board rejected the comparison between a jailed operative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad
with Mahatma Gandhi. The Special Rapporteur had given Hamas a pass on the missiles being continually fired against
Israeli civilians and had made unsubstantiated claims about the alleged greater international media interest in
Israelis’ suffering relative to that of Palestinian suffering.