Hamas calls 70 years of Israeli occupation of Palestine a ‘war crime in its own right’

Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine for more than 70 years is “a racist war crime in its own right”, according to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which has also denounced the Tel Aviv regime’s relentless violation of rights of the Palestinian people, especially the workers.

“All the human suffering experienced by our people, especially the workers who are daily exposed to different forms of targeting and restrictions and deprived of their most basic rights, has been caused by the occupation,” Hamas said in a statement. press release on Sunday. On the occasion of International Workers’ Day, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The movement also denounced attempts to target the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and modify or end its real role as a witness to the crimes committed by the Israeli regime against the Palestinian people.

Palestinian refugees in all their areas of presence should be allowed to exercise their rights, primarily their right to work, he added.

Hamas further urged the UN and relevant international human rights and humanitarian organizations to assume their responsibilities in this regard, stressing that they should strive to expose Israel’s crimes against the workers. Palestinians, pressuring the regime to lift its siege on the Gaza Strip, which affects workers’ livelihoods and ensuring that they enjoy their legitimate rights to work and live freely and with dignity on their own land.

The statement came after the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said Israel finds it easy to impose “collective punishment” on Palestinians since the regime is hardly ever held to account.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the Israeli regime daily practices the worst forms of discrimination and colonial racism against the defenseless Palestinian people and in full view of the international community, the Palestinian official said. Wafa News Agency reported.

Acts of sabotage and settler violence against Palestinians and their property are commonplace throughout the occupied territories, particularly in the West Bank. However, Israeli authorities rarely prosecute settlers and the majority of cases are closed due to the police’s willful failure to properly investigate the crimes.

The latest development comes as the Israeli regime has stepped up its deadly attacks on Palestinians ahead of Ramadan and maintained violence throughout the month of holy fasting, stoking anti-Tel Aviv sentiments in the occupied territories.

The Israeli regime has also intensified its violent attacks against Palestinian worshipers inside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds in recent weeks.

Michael A. Bynum