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'Israel is starving our people' says Palestine's UN envoy

March 4, 2024 at 7:31 pm

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour in New York, United States on November 13, 2023 [Selçuk Acar/Anadolu Agency]

Palestine’s UN envoy, Riyad Mansour, on Monday stressed on Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinian people in Gaza, saying that “Israel is starving our people”, Anadolu Agency reports.

Israel has unleashed death against 2.3 million Palestinians under multiple forms: indiscriminate bombing, summary executions, disease, dehydration, and starvation. Starvation is not an unfortunate consequence of the war. It is one of the methods of war used by Israel. Israel is starving our people

Mansour said at a debate on the 20 February veto by the US of a Security Council resolution on the Gaza crisis.

Stressing that “Israel has been committing atrocities against the Palestinian people, unchecked and unhinged”, Mansour said the UN Security Council “has been prevented repeatedly from calling for an immediate ceasefire to put an end to these atrocities.”

Mansour urged UN member states to call for a ceasefire, and said that “Israeli leaders speak openly of the crimes they are committing and of those they intend to commit … The Israeli Prime Minister has boasted about not abiding by decisions of international courts or UN resolutions and of having torpedoed peace efforts.”

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 ‘A new era of accountability’

This will only end by ending Israeli impunity. The era of Israeli impunity must come to an end and we should enter a new era of accountability and sanctions

he added.

Hailing those “rejecting trade with settlements”, Mansour further urged “entire enterprise of settlements and settlers” to be sanctioned.

“Don’t allow a single of one of them to get a visa to visit any of your countries. Behave in a different way,” he said, adding that “the horrors of today are made possible by yesterday’s failings.”

Israel has launched a deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip since a 7 October, 2023 attack by the Palestinian group, Hamas, which Tel Aviv says killed nearly 1,200 people.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

At least 30,534 Palestinians have since been killed and 71,920 others injured amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

Israel has also imposed a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip, leaving its population, particularly residents of northern Gaza, on the verge of starvation.

The Israeli war has pushed 85 per cent of Gaza’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 per cent of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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