Israel’s consolidated control over occupied territories hinders development and worsens living conditions
RAMALLAH, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (WAFA) – A United Nations official warned on Monday that Israel’s consolidated control over the occupied territories is hampering development and worsening living conditions for residents.
A United Nations press release said that Tarik
In mid, Director of the Emerging and Conflict Issues Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), presented the report of the Secretary-General on “The permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources ”while noting that Israel continues to consolidate its control over the occupied Palestinian territory, hampering development and worsening living conditions, despite the persistent difficulties due to COVID–19 crisis, as reported in a UN press release.
In mid made his remarks during the seventy-sixth virtual session of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the United Nations General Assembly.
He said “Israel’s discriminatory policies and practices include zoning policies preventing construction, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrest and detention of thousands of Palestinians, and documented cases of torture.”
Noting that Israeli policies have disrupted livelihoods and continue to deny Palestinians access to their natural resources, he said that while Israeli settlement settlements have high quality water, only 10% have access to it. this vital resource in Gaza.
After three years of declining gross domestic product (GDP), it fell to its lowest level in 2020, with 26% unemployed and 1.4 million in Gaza suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition.
Meanwhile, the Observer of Palestine to the UN, Riyadh
Masnour, said the report presents the cruel reality and continuing injustice that the Palestinian people have suffered for over 54 years of illegal occupation.
The repeated military aggression has undermined all aspects of life for the people of Gaza, who face widespread food insecurity, the collapse of essential services and a crippled health system.
Stressing that the Israeli occupation must end, he said urgent and decisive international action should include the imposition of an arms embargo on the occupying Power; support the International Criminal Court in its examination of the situation; and prosecute perpetrators with travel bans and the imposition of diplomatic and economic sanctions until the occupying power complies with the law.