UN expert: Israeli occupation ‘longest’ in modern world (Middle East Monitor 23-10-19)

A UN human rights investigator on Wednesday called the Israeli occupation in Palestine “the longest occupation” in the world, Anadolu reports.

“Israel has occupied the Palestinian territory for more than 52 years, the longest belligerent occupation in the modern world,” Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, told the General Assembly.

He said the international community has been reluctant to take action against Israel for its permanent occupation and serious violations of international law.

“The status quo of Israel’s ‘occu-annexation’ is endlessly sustainable without decisive international intervention because of the grossly asymmetrical balance of power on the ground,” said Lynk.


The rights expert said the ongoing blockade — land, sea and air — has severely restricted basic rights of the residents including healthcare, education and livelihood.

“The Gaza blockade is a denial of basic human rights and amounts to collective punishment,” he said.

Turning to ongoing protests by Gazans and the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces, Lynk said Tel Aviv has not demonstrated accountability for their actions despite calls by the international community and civil society organizations.

The “Great March of Return” and related protests have resulted in the deaths of 207 Palestinians and 33,828 have been injured, he said.

West Bank

The expert also raised concerns on the annexation of parts or all of the West Bank by Israeli government, saying the levels of settler violence have increased in the West Bank.

“Incidents of settler violence were recorded in a number of West Bank towns including in Hebron, Nablus, and Ramallah,” he added.

Lynk said the Israeli security forces have intensified their raids into various parts of the West Bank and arrests and arbitrary detentions.

East Jerusalem

Lynk also said more than 100 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished in East Jerusalem since late April.

Demolitions and construction of settlements are aimed at changing the demographic balance by reducing Palestinian presence and strengthening the Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem — in which Al-Aqsa is located — during the 1967 Middle East War. It formally annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its capital — a move never recognized by the international community.

He said the Israeli occupation is a “bitter illustration of the absence of international accountability in the face of the systemic violations of Palestinian rights under human rights and humanitarian law.

“Accountability is the key to opening the titanium cage that is the permanent occupation, and its principled application is the best path to a just and durable settlement,” he said.

This article was published by Middle East  Monitor on the 23rd of August 2019. 


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2 Responses to UN expert: Israeli occupation ‘longest’ in modern world (Middle East Monitor 23-10-19)

  1. Rex Williams says:

    Everything in this article is an accurate representation of all that is happening in Palestine. And for 52 years

    There is not a single reader of these worthy pages who is not aware of what the fascistic Israel government has been allowed to get away with for all these years. It is the fact that the US is now controlled by Israel through the subservience of a government populated by its Israeli-controlled internal henchman posing as patriotic US citizens. As well, we see those politicians who have chosen to allow themselves to be stooges for Israel through the receipt of graft and corruption, voting year after for all forms of financial support and military arms following Israel’s demands. The latest figure close to US $ 50 billion.

    This from Netanyahu as far back as 2010…..

    “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction”.

    He should know. He’s been doing it for a very long time. Before him there was an Israeli Prime minister Arial Sharon who boasted……..

    “We own America and they know it!”

    Where then are the heady days of Anti-American investigations, last seen in the 1950’s when the target was communism, a threat that pales into insignificance compared to Zionism, alive and flourishing in every city in America and enjoying great influence here in Australia thanks to weak elected representatives in every state as well as enjoying government support in every direction. Even as this is written, we have our own politicians in Israel expected to return and fly the Israeli flag when they can. And they will. They have been doing it for decades.
    One only has to look at the disgraceful voting record in the UN under many LNP Prime Ministers as promoted by the likes of the past Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, always seen by the world as a stooge for Israel and a fully compliant spokesperson for the US State Department.

    The world needs to see what Israel has become, what the USA must do to shake off Zionist influence across the country and how they can elect a President and a majority of members who are not corrupted so they can really put the America first over the current state of putting everything Israeli, first. American playing host to a parasitic Israel.

    The US people are being used, every day in every way and the world suffers as a result through one war after another. As for Australia, we’ll vote at the United Nations to maintain the inhumane military occupation of Palestine. We have been doing it for years. A disgraced and totally controlled partner in the longest criminal occupation in the modern world.

    Makes one ashamed to be an Australian

  2. Steven Howard says:

    It’s not an occupation but a slowmotion annexation and ethnic cleansing. A cynical crime against humanity in which the victims are portrayed as terrorists and radicals.

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