Syria Says Israel Continues to Flout International Law

Israel continues to ban Syrian citizens in the Golan from visiting their families in Syria via the Quneitra crossing

 

The Israeli occupation authorities continue, in full view of the world, to flout the international resolutions rejecting occupation of the Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan, Syria's Permanent Representative to the U.N. in Geneva, Faisal al-Hamwi said.

 

Hamwi was delivering a speech before the Geneva-based Human Rights Council during a session held to discuss the human rights situation in the occupied Arab lands.

 

“The Israeli occupation authorities persist in their arrogance and belligerence, exacerbating the situation in the region, prompting a deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in the occupied Palestinian lands, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan," he said.

 

Hamwi cited a campaign of Judaization in Jerusalem which is accelerating at a high pace amid international inaction.

 

He said Jewish settlers are vying in their daily provocations against civilians, Islamic and Christian sanctities, religious and historical sites and farm lands, not to mention daily crimes against civilians in the Arab territories and human rights violations.

 

“Thousands of Palestinian and Syrian prisoners have been in Israeli jails for over thirty years, suffering from the worst forms of international human rights violations, particularly under the Geneva 1949 agreement on the treatment of civilians and their protection during wartime,’’ he said.

 

Israel continues to ban Syrian citizens in the Golan from visiting their families in Syria via the Quneitra crossing, in a shameless defiance of all relevant international agreements, he added.

 

“The whole world is seeing Israeli grave human rights violations and discriminatory practices, as confirmed by 46 reports issued since 1967 by the U.N. committee tasked with monitoring the practices of the Israeli authorities in the occupied Arab lands," Hamwi said.

 

He praised the courage and professionalism of Richard Falk, the UNHRC Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories during his six years’ tenure, lauding his unyielding perseverance that has always run against the Israeli occupation authorities’ arrogance and aggression.

 

Israel has doubled these violations and military attacks, taking advantage of the current tragic circumstances in the Arab region with a view to perpetuate its occupation of Arab lands and rob its resources, he pointed out.

 

He said Israel has to realize that these violations won’t force Syrians to abdicate their rights and land to Israeli occupation.

 

“Aggression and crime won’t bring peace to Israel, and a policy of settlement building and non-stop attacks won’t make Israel safe," he said.

 

Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer

 

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