Israel Must Be Held Accountable for Crimes

Israel Must Be Held Accountable for CrimesIsrael Must Be Held Accountable for Crimes

The Non-Aligned Movement called for action by the international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against Palestinians and compel the regime to abide by international law.

"It is high time to end this abhorrent Israeli occupation and impunity that have brought so much suffering to the Palestinian people, and remain one of the most destabilizing factors at the regional and global levels," Iran's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations said.

Gholamhossein Dehqani made the statement on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement in a UN meeting on Wednesday about "Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories."

Dehqani lamented Israel's "systematic" violation of UN resolutions with impunity, including settlement construction throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, demolition of homes, forced displacement of Palestinian civilians, the arrest and detention of Palestinians and incessant violence, terror and provocations by Israeli settlers and extremists.

"It is disturbing that Israel, the occupying power, continues to pursue such illegal practices with blatant impunity despite the prohibitions of such actions under international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, relevant United Nations resolutions and the 2004 ICJ Advisory Opinion," he said.

"The impact of these illegal measures on the Palestinian civilian population, including women, children and the most vulnerable such as the Palestine refugee population, must be seriously considered and measures must be taken in accordance with international law to remedy this injustice."

The ambassador demanded on behalf of NAM that Israel be compelled to act in compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 497 to completely withdraw to the borders of June 4, 1967, according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the website of Iran's permanent mission to the United Nations.

"The movement reaffirms its unwavering commitment to a just and comprehensive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, with the question of Palestine at its core, and to the immediate restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and their right to their independent and viable State of Palestine, with East Beit-ul-Moqaddas as its capital," he concluded.