[News] Israel Prevents UN Special Rapporteur from Traveling to Palestine

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Fri Oct 25 12:48:42 EDT 2019


  Israel Prevents UN Special Rapporteur from Traveling to Palestine

Published 24 October 2019

Special rapporteur of the United Nations Organization on human rights in 
Palestine Michael Lynk condemned Israel for preventing him Thursday from 
traveling to the Palestinian territories, violating thus established 
procedures and protocols.

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"This is a violation of the procedures and protocols because, as part of 
my work, I must go and see the situation on the ground firsthand," the 
official said at a press conference in New York.

In addition, he said that Israel's mission in Geneva does not respond to 
the requests to visit Palestinian territories.

Lynk travels every year to meet with the Palestinian Authority in the 
West Bank and with civilians from the territories that are illegally 
occupied by Israel. On Wednesday, the expert sent a report to the U.N. 
General Assembly stating the Israeli occupation in Palestine is the 
longest occupation one in the world.

The U.N. rapporteur recalled that Israel also violates several 
resolutions of the international organization, which calls for an end to 
the occupation and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories.

"Israel has occupied the Palestinian territory for more than 52 years, 
the longest belligerent occupation in the modern world," Lynk, said at a 
U.N. General Assembly.

He also condemned the international community that has been unwilling to 
take action against the Jewish state for its lasting occupation and 
severe violations of international law.

"The status quo of Israel’s ‘occupation-annexation’ is endlessly 
sustainable without decisive international intervention because of the 
grossly asymmetrical balance of power on the ground," the expert commented.

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