Palestinian PM Asks UN to Protect Its Citizens

Palestinian PM Asks UN to Protect Its Citizens

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye on Tuesday (1/2/2022) asked the United Nations to provide protection to the Palestinian people in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. In a press statement, the PM said that all reports from international non-governmental human rights organizations, Palestine and Israel have warned of the Israeli authorities' treatment of Palestinians wherever they are.

"Due to Israel's actions and violations of international law and human rights in the Palestinian territories, the United Nations is asked to protect Palestinians," he said.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that "the UN is obliged to examine the strong evidence presented by all leading human rights organizations and hold Israel accountable for their crimes against Palestinians."

"In balance and urgency, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) must investigate Israel's crimes against humanity immediately," he wrote.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are recognized by Palestinians, in the 1967 Middle East war and Israel has controlled the territories ever since. Palestinians seek to establish an independent state in these territories along with the enclave of the Gaza Strip.