'The International Community must work to end the dehumanization and captivity of the Palestinian people' - Dr. Hanan Ashrawi marks Palestinian Prisoners' Day'
The continued Israeli colonization of Palestine is a war crime under international law.
This is an official policy of the Government of Israel that continues to entrench Israel's colonial occupation and destroy the prospects of two independent states living side by side in peace and security on the 1967 border.
This latest Israeli decision is coherent with its government’s plan to impose an Apartheid regime in occupied Palestine. Israel, the occupying power, continues its colonial project by maintaining its belligerent occupation and by annexing more Palestinian lands throughout the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley
In a media statement issued 17 March 2016, Foreign Minister Murray McCully has described the most recent Israeli appropriation of land in the occupied Palestinian territories as deeply unhelpful.
“Israel’s settlement activity continues to threaten the viability of a two-state solution,” Mr McCully says
In an address to the Lowy Institute in Sydney yesterday, New Zealand Foreign Minister Mr McCully said the viability of the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine was vanishing because of Israel's settlement activity.
Mr McCully said the United Nations Security Council needed to act.
The Islamic world has called on Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries and the international community to ban products made in or produced by Israel to put more pressure on Israeli to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.The call is part of a united statement condemning the Israeli occupation in Palestine, issued by the Islamic world at the 5th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Extraordinary Summit on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif in Jakarta on Monday.
On February 16th and 17th, PLO Executive Committee Members Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and Dr. Saeb Erekat (Secretary General), met in separate meetings with the British Minister for Middle East Affairs Mr. Tobias Ellwood. After the meetings, Dr. Ashrawi and Dr. Erekat released the following joint statement:
Identical letters sent by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, on Israeli Continuous Violations and Crimes against Palestinian people
four Palestinian human rights organisations whose mandate it is to pursue justice and accountability, delivered a communication pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Al-Haq, Aldameer, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights provided evidence of the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Rafah between 1 and 4 August 2014 following the invocation of the controversial Hannibal Directive by the Israeli military forces.
GDOP institutional development, including the following: