World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council’s 35th session in Geneva, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said the “weeping by loved ones for loved ones, the prayers, the curses, the hatreds and vengeance, the impossibility of a secure life for all -- this can be ended”.
Hussein said the Palestinian people were now marking “a half-century of deep suffering under an occupation imposed by military force”.
The occupation had "denied the Palestinians many of their most fundamental freedoms, and has been often brutal in the way it has been realized; an occupation whose violations of international law have been systematic, and have been condemned time and again by virtually all States".
The 1967 Arab-Israeli War, also known as the Six-Day War, resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan, triggering the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has proven one of the most intractable in modern history, causing massive human suffering and economic deprivation.
A two-state solution, which has been the normative approach for decades toward an ever-elusive peace agreement, was recognized in 1947 under UN Resolution 181.
A year later, the state of Israel was established, but nearly seven decades on, Palestinians are still struggling for independence.
Israel has pursued an increasingly aggressive settlement regime despite broad international condemnation, eating away at Palestinian territory and torpedoing the chances of success for a two-state reality.