Lulwah Al Khater: Over the past 75 years, Israel has violated all international laws and agreements related to human rights (Al Jazeera)

The State of Qatar renewed its condemnation of the Israeli threats to storm the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, and called for urgent action to prevent the occupation army from committing genocide in the city, and to implement its plans to forcibly displace Palestinians from the Strip.

Yesterday, Monday, in a speech before the UN Human Rights Council at its current session held in Geneva, Lulwa Al Khater, Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, warned of a humanitarian catastrophe threatening Rafah, which has become the last refuge for one and a half million displaced residents of the besieged Strip.

The Minister called for providing protection for civilians in Gaza in accordance with international law and international humanitarian law, and said, “Qatar calls on all countries to avoid duplicity and take all measures to oblige Israel to implement the temporary measures approved by the International Court of Justice, stop the ongoing crime of genocide in Gaza, and protect civilians.” "Palestinians."

She stressed that stopping funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is a very dangerous matter, and warned that this step would be the beginning of a policy aimed at ending the issue of Palestinian refugees and their right to return.

Qatar renews its condemnation of Israel’s threats to invade Rafah and calls for urgent action to prevent the forced displacement of the Palestinian people

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Lulwah Al Khater said, "If there are allegations against some employees, those allegations must be investigated and appropriate measures taken, but the imposition of collective punishment and starvation on Palestinians cannot be accepted because of accusations that are still under investigation."

She pointed out that over the past 75 years, Israel has violated all international laws and agreements related to human rights, and committed all violations and crimes stipulated in international conventions against the Palestinian people.

She said, "What we are witnessing now in the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip is a continuation of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and grave violations, in its deliberate targeting of schools, hospitals, health centers, and places of worship, and its indiscriminate bombing of civilians with heavy, internationally prohibited weapons."

She recalled that "Israel, in its war against Gaza, uses starvation policies by preventing and cutting off the access of humanitarian aid, water supplies, electricity, fuel, medicine, and food, and forcibly displacing more than two million and 200 thousand people."

On January 26, the International Court of Justice ordered Tel Aviv to take measures to prevent genocide against the Palestinians and improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, against which Israel has been waging a devastating war for about 5 months.

The court said yesterday, Monday, that it had received Israel’s response regarding the extent of its commitment to measures to prevent genocide in Gaza, and had forwarded it to South Africa, and made clear that its content would remain confidential.

Source: Al Jazeera + agencies