increase of Israeli aggression toward Palestine
GENEVA.—Addressing the Human Rights
Council, Cuba condemned continued Israeli acts of
aggression against the Palestinian people and the
illegal construction of new settlements in the
"Acts of violence and provocation
against the Palestinian civilian population on the
part of colonizers have increased without the
occupying power taking any steps to prevent them, or
appropriate legal measures to try those responsible,"
stated Vilma Thomas, the Cuban representative.
During the general debate on the
Palestinian issue, the delegate also spoke of
continuing arbitrary detentions, maltreatment of
detainees, and military aggression, such as
Operation Pillar of Defense.
"Once again, utilizing its technical
and military superiority to brutally repress the
Palestinian population, Israel has killed innocent
civilians and caused enormous material damage, thus
aggravating the already precarious living conditions
of the population," Thomas noted.
The Cuban representative denounced
Israel’s refusal to respect Human Rights Council
decisions and to cooperate with international
missions established by the United Nations.
During the session, Richard Falk, UN
special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories,
revealed that during its 46 years of occupation,
Israel has detained 750,000 Palestinians, and 5,000
of these are still in prison.
Falk expressed his concern at the
arrest of minors, in violation of Convention on the
Rights of the Child and the Convention against
Presenting his report, the
rapporteur condemned continued abusive nocturnal
arrests, arbitrary detention, torture, solitary
confinement and other forms of inhuman and
humiliating treatment in the prisons.
Falk noted that the Israeli
occupation is not static, but involves the
systematic demolition of Palestinian homes, the
construction of Jewish colonies on Palestinian land,
the appropriation of resources and excessive
violence implemented on a grand scale. (PL)