UNRWA spokesperson, Chris Gunness, said that UNRWA is ‘deeply alarmed by the escalating violence and widespread loss of civilian life in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel’ in a press release published on their website 13th of October. They said that only serious political action can stop violence from escalating.
A total of 11 Palestinians were killed and 186 others were injured in Gaza, including a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child as her house collapsed due to a nearby Israeli strike. Several others were killed and injured in the West Bank.
UNRWA reportedly condemned ‘killings and injuries of Palestine refugees such as the tragic case on 5 October, of Abd El Rahman, a 13-year-old ninth grade student at an UNRWA school’.
Correspondingly, a statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the high number of casualties, especially due to the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces ‘raise serious concerns about the excessive use of force that may be contrary to international law enforcement standards.’
The statement emphasised that international law strictly limits to the use of force whether for the purpose of law enforcement or during conflict. Such limitations are enforced where a military occupying power controls civilian areas.
Thus, there must be a ‘prompt, impartial, effective and thorough investigation’ of the violations committed and perpetrators must be fully accountable according to international law.
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat