[Michigan, February 2, 2023]:
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) expresses its grave concern regarding the recent Israeli escalation of all forms of violence against the Palestinians. Over 30 Palestinians have been brutally killed by the Israeli army in areas of Palestine that are illegally occupied by Israel.
The recent escalation comes on the heal of the formation of a most extreme Israeli government that has made it clear that they intend to drastically escalate the use of violence against the Palestinians. The Israelis are no longer hiding their true intentions as to the Palestinians. Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated: “The Jewish people have an exclusive and unquestionable right to all areas of the Land of Israel” and that the Israeli government “will promote and develop settlement in all parts of the Land of Israel — in the Galilee, the Negev, the Golan, Judea and Samaria.” It is clear that the two-state solution is dead. The Israelis don’t even recognize the obvious- that there are Palestinians on the land of Mandatory Palestine and they have rights. This rhetoric indicates that the world should be aware that Mandatory Palestine might experience more ethnic cleansing of Palestinians like the cleansing that took place in 1948.
We are deeply concerned by the rhetoric and plans of religious Zionists that control the Netanyahu government. They are driven by religious zeal to persecute the Palestinians and continue stealing their land. The designs on Al Aqsa, the third most holy site in Islam, are becoming clear. Israel is turbocharging the conflict and making more violence inevitable. Innocent lives are lost and more innocent lives will be lost unless there is an outside intervention. Israeli society has failed in checking what until fairly recently was thought of as the lunatic fringe.
Israeli society is divided on the brutal policies of the new government. Not all Israelis subscribe to the extreme policies of the new fanatical government. Many Israelis have protested the policies of the new government. But that is the government in charge of the occupied Palestinians. The Israeli political process has failed to keep out of power those deemed fanatical and terrorist by Israelis themselves and by the Israeli legal system.
AHRC joins all peace- loving people across the globe in standing with the Palestinian people and their just struggle for independence and freedom. AHRC affirms that the world has to intervene in the ongoing conflict. The parties can’t be left to sort out their situation. Israel is the occupier; it has a mighty war machine that has been inflicting grave losses on the Palestinians and will continue to do so unless stopped by the US.
AHRC calls upon the Biden Administration to live up to its promises of a foreign policy grounded in respect for human rights and international law. Being blatantly one sided has not helped the US move the peace process at all.
In addition, AHRC calls for the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency session on Palestine and take action to impose peace in the region. The fact that many Arab states have normalized relations with Israel has failed at moderating Israeli politics. The UN owns the conflict in Palestine because it is the institution that divided Mandatory Palestine and created Israel.
“We saw the world community move fast on Ukraine in the name of international law and human rights,” said Imad Hamad. “But we haven’t seen any real movement as to the Palestinians who are suffering the longest occupation,” added Hamad. “Palestine is a test whether the US and the world community take human rights and international law seriously,” concluded Hamad.
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