The embassy of the State of Palestine in Zimbabwe has slammed the international community for its lack of reaction in bringing the Israeli government to book and called on International Criminal Court (ICC) and UN to urgently intervene in Israeli-Palestine conflict.
This follows the shooting of a Palestinian woman near Bethlehem by the Israeli military which claimed that she had run towards soldiers and failed to heed their calls and warning shots to stop.
The shooting of the woman was the third killing in 24 hours.
Attacks have been on the rise between Arab and Palestinians in Israel and concerns have been raised that tensions are likely to escalate between Israel and Palestine if Palestinian elections earmarked for next month are cancelled.
In a statement, Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Zimbabwe Tamer Almassri he was disappointed by the lack of reaction and failure by the international community to quickly act against Israeli’s aggression in Palestine.
“While we welcome the statement from the European Union which expressed grave concern and horrified by the extra-judicial killing of Ghada Sabateen, the Embassy of Palestine is disappointed with the international community’s failure to act against the Israeli violations on Palestinians.
We therefore, call on the progressive people, governments and human rights organisations to condemn and hold Apartheid Israel accountable for these heinous crimes and protect our people,” Ambassador Almassri said.
He further said
“The embassy calls on the International Criminal Court to quickly start its investigations into the crimes perpetrated by the apartheid Israel government and we also call on the UN Security Council to stop the policy of double standards in dealing with international issues, especially on Palestine and to assume its legal and moral responsibilities towards the violations and crimes that our people are subjected to.”
Ambassador Almassri further condemned the heinous attacks on Palestinians by the Israeli army and said the ongoing provocation on the Palestinian people will not be tolerated.
“The embassy of the State of Palestine in Harare condemns in the strongest terms the heinous crimes of assassination committed by the Israeli apartheid occupation forces against a 47-year old Palestinian woman Ghada Sabateen.
” Ghada Sabateen, a widow dealing with visual disabilities and mother of six children from Husan village in Bethlehem was murdered in cold blood by Israeli apartheid forces and she is the third Palestinian to be killed by Apartheid Israeli forces gunfire in 24 hours
The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s most enduring conflicts, with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip reaching 54 years of conflict.
Various attempts have been made to resolve the conflict as part of the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.
Despite a long-term peace process, Israelis and Palestinians have failed to reach a final peace agreement.
Progress was made towards a two-state solution with the 1993–1995 Oslo Accords, but today the Palestinians remain subject to Israeli military occupation in the Gaza Strip and in 165 “islands” across the West Bank.