On the 72nd Anniversary of Al Nakba Day

On the 72nd Anniversary of Al Nakba Day ARDD’s Global Network of Experts on the Question Publishes A Position Paper Denouncing the Continuing Israeli Violations against Palestinians amid COVID-19 Crisis

Amman-15 May 2020, The Global Network of Experts on the Question of Palestine at The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) sent a message of solidarity on the 72nd anniversary of Al Nakba Day in the form of a position paper denouncing Israeli violations amid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and showcasing their impact on the conditions of Palestinians under the Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Since the first reported case of COVID-19 on 21 February 2020 in Israel and on 5 March 2020 in the occupied Palestine territory, Israel has consistently violated its obligations to protect and fulfill the right to health of the Palestinian population subject to its control.

In the West Bank, Palestinians are confronted with strict travel limitations int the occupied Palestinian territories, preventing access to healthcare and other necessary services. Palestinians are facing increased settler assaults, IDF incursions, and continued house eviction and demolition orders.

In East Jerusalem, While Israel prevents the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian civil society initiatives from extending services to Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Palestinians in East Jerusalem are simultaneously denied access to Israeli healthcare facilities.

In the Gaza Strip, COVID-19 crisis is threatening a population of approximately two million that has been under siege for 13 years. Continued IDF incursions into the Gaza Strip, deep poverty levels and a collapsing healthcare system even before the pandemic are cause for an increased vulnerability in face of the virus.

By not protecting Palestinians against COVID-19 infection and by not allowing the Palestinians to effectively prevent the spread of the virus and treat it, Israel is violating norms of International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law.

This position paper calls for an immediate regional and international mobilization to hold Israel accountable for disregarding its obligations during the pandemic toward the more than five million Palestinians under occupationnd demolitions, aggravating the serious circumstances of the pandemic.

To read the full paper: https://ardd-jo.org/…/on-the-72nd-anniversary-of-al-nakba-d…