The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday held an interactive dialogue on a new report on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, which said that between November 2018 and October of 2019, 131 Palestinians, including 23 children, had been killed by Israeli security forces.
During the report period a total of 11 Israelis had been killed by Palestinians, the report showed.
Prepared by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the report was titled “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”.
Presenting the report to the Council, Ilze Brands Kehris, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said that impunity prevailed with regard to the unlawful use of force by the Israeli security forces during the report period, confirming a worrying trend.
“Human rights violations had further fuelled the cycle of violence,” she noted.
Israel was not present to take the floor as the concerned country.
In the interactive dialogue that followed, speakers voiced alarm over the findings of the report. While they said that Israel had the right to self-defence, they condemned its excessive use of force and disproportionate attacks on civilian protesters. Enditem