A United Nations report released on Monday (20 November) has accused the Israeli authorities in the Occupied Territories of abusing prisoners and other human rights violations.
A United Nations report released on Monday (20 November) has accused the Israeli authorities in the Occupied Territories of abusing prisoners and other human rights violations. A three-member panel of diplomats who prepared the report expressed profound concern and appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to end Israeli occupation of territories taken during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. At a special committee meeting on Wednesday (22 November) the Soviet Deputy Permanent Representative Yuri Drozdoz and the Jordanian Permanent Representative Dr Hazam Museibeh both denounced Israeli activities in the Occupied Territories.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Drozdoz said that for twelve years Israel had been holding sway in the Occupied Territories and violating the human rights of the people of these territories. He said that the "ruling circle" of Israel was trying to turn the territories into a "colonial appendage" and a "reservoir of cheap labour".
Mr Drozdoz went on to say that the very fact of occupation was in itself a violation of the human rights of the Arab people of the territories. He accused Israel of wanting to oust and scatter the Arabs in Palestine and criticised Israeli policies, saying that the natural resources of the areas concerned were being plundered, the people persecuted and settlements established for the purpose of "Israelisation".