Locked in Israeli Jail for Being a Human Rights Defender
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Recently, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued its latest report on the Israeli settlement enterprise, condemning it as an internationally recognized crime of population transfer of an occupying power such as Israel into occupied territory and as a system of severe segregation. The report shows how the settlements undermine the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and calls for ending trade and cooperation with the settlements and encourages sanctions against Israel. Finally, the report urges Israel to put an end to arbitrary arrest and detention of the Palestinian people related to the settlement enterprise. Yet, the international community continues to stop short of holding Israel accountable for its ongoing violations of international law and Palestinian rights.
The international community repeatedly fails the Palestinian people and leaves the people across the globe as the only ones to effectively defend a just peace in Palestine and ensure the recommendations of the report are implemented. At this stage, the very least the international community should do is to stand up for the right of Palestinians to protest Israeli violations of international law and international complicity with it.
Hassan and millions of other Palestinians deserve that much from an international community that has done far too little over the past several decades to advance Palestinian rights and to hinder Israeli lawbreaking.