The Palestinian Return Center has raised with the Human Rights Council the case of the escalating Israeli racist policies against the indigenous Palestinian population in the 1948 territories.
In two oral and written statements, the Return Center recounted aspects of discriminatory practices against the 48 Palestinians, during a session of the Human Rights Council at its 47th session in Geneva.
The oral statement was presented by Bilal Salaimeh, in which he touched upon the discrimination of Palestinians in the 1948 territories in almost all aspects of life, including job opportunities, government resources for education, housing, land and planning.
He drew the attention of the members of the Human Rights Council to the fact that these discriminatory attitudes and practices towards the Palestinians have increased recently.
He explained that during the month of May, the Israeli police carried out attacks on Palestinian citizens in the 1948 areas, their properties and homes. In return, the Israeli police refrained from making any arrests for settler gangs, whose members have been attacking Palestinians.
PRC considered what the Palestinians are witnessing in the 1948 lands at this stage as reflecting decades of marginalisation, discrimination and policies of restriction on them to force them to migrate, and to replace them with Israeli settlers.
Salaimeh also drew attention to the failure of the Israeli police to combat crime against Palestinians, as there are more than 600,000 weapons without a license amongst them, and this phenomenon has contributed to the spread of violence, the spread of crime and intimidation of Palestinian citizens, stressing that Israel's discrimination against Palestinian citizens in the 1948 territories is a violation of all international conventions and laws.
Based on what has been mentioned, the Palestinian Return Center called on members of the Human Rights Council to pressure the Israeli government to stop crimes against Palestinian citizens in the 1948 territories.
It also called on the United Nations and the Human Rights Council to investigate the systematic oppression and discrimination in the 48 territories and to pursue accountability for all crimes committed by the Israeli government, including crimes against Palestinian citizens there.
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