TV7 Israel News – Israel At War Following Hamas’ Massacre of Israelis, Northern Tensions Escalate + UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Press Release URGENT PLEA

Israel At War Following HamasMassacre of Israelis, Northern Tensions Escalate

Published 9 okt 2023

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Today’s Top Stories October 9 2023

(1) Hamas Launched A Surprise Attack on Israel, Murdering Hundreds of Civilians.
(2) Jerusalem Declares War, Pledging to Exterminate the Islamist Hamas Organization.
(3) The United States Deploys the USS Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group to the Eastern Mediterranean, Warning Hezbollah Not to Join the War against Israel.

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Press Release URGENT PLEA

UN Human Rights Chief urges States to DefusePowder KegSituation in Israel and OPT, as Incalculable Suffering, Massive Death Tolls Take Hold

Comment by UN Human Rights Chief on Unfolding Situation in Israel and Gaza

Press Release
High Commissioner for Human Rights Notes Significant Increase in Violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

GENEVA 10 October 2023 – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on Tuesday Issued an Urgent Plea to all States with Influence to Take Steps to Defuse thePowder KegSituation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He Stressed that International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Must Be Respected in All Circumstances.

“We are Faced with an Explosive Powder Keg Situation. We Know How this Plays Out, Time and Time Again, the Loss of Israeli and Palestinian Lives and Incalculable Suffering Inflicted on Both Communities,” said Türk.

All Parties Must Respect International Humanitarian Law. They must Immediately Cease Attacks Targeting Civilians and Attacks Expected to Cause Disproportionate Death and Injury of Civilians or Damage to Civilian Objects.”

The High Commissioner said he was “Deeply Shocked and Appalled by Allegations of Summary Executions of Civilians, and, In Some Instances, Horrifying Mass Killings by Members of Palestinian Armed Groups.”

“It is Horrific and Deeply Distressing to See Images of  Those Captured by Palestinian Armed Groups Being Ill Treated, As Well as Reports of Killings and the Desecration of their Bodies,” he said. “Civilians must Never Be Used as Bargaining Chips.”

I Call on Palestinian Armed Groups to Immediately and Unconditionally Release All Civilians Who were Captured and are Still Being Held. The Taking of Hostages is Prohibited by International Law,” the High Commissioner said.

Türk Stressed that it is Vitally Important that Everyone Deprived of their Liberty in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel is Treated Humanely. People’s Dignity and Lives must Be Respected.

Information Gathered by the UN Human Rights Office indicates that Israeli Air Operations have Also Hit Large Residential Towers in Gaza City and Other Residential Buildingui across Gaza, Schools and Premises of the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, Resulting in Civilian Casualties.

International Humanitarian Law is Clear, the Obligation to Take Constant Care to Spare the Civilian Population and Civilian Objects Remains Applicable throughout the Attacks,” Türk said. The Principles of Distinction and the Prohibition of Indiscriminate or Dis Proportionate Attacks are Paramount.

On 9 October, the Israeli Authorities Ordered AFull Siege” of Gaza, Shutting Off Electricity, Water, Food and Fuel Supplies. This Risks Seriously Compounding the Already Dire Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Gaza, Including the Capacity of Medical Facilities to Operate, Especially in Light of Increasing Numbers of Injured.

The Imposition of Sieges that Endanger the Lives of Civilians by Depriving them of Goods Essential for their Survival is Prohibited under International Humanitarian Law,” the High Commissioner said. Any Restrictions on the Movement of People and Goods to Implement A Siege must Be Justified by Military Necessity or May Otherwise Amount to Collective Punishment.

The Human Rights Chief Expressed Deep Concern at How Hate Speech and Incitement to Violence have Surged since Saturday, Fuelling Anti Semitism and Islamophobia in the Region and Globally.

We Know from Bitter Experience that Vengeance is Not the Answer, and Ultimately Innocent Civilians Pay the Price,” Türk said.

The World can Not Afford More Polarisation. We Need to Find Solutions Guided by the Full Respect for International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.”


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