U.N. human rights commissioner accuses Israel of ‘collective punishment’ of Palestinians



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(JNS.org) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has accused Israel of engaging in “collective punishment” against the Palestinians following Wednesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis.

“We are also deeply concerned at the response of the Israeli authorities, which includes measures that may amount to prohibited collective punishment,” Al Hussein said in a statement issued by his spokesperson at a press conference in Geneva on Friday.

In response to the terror attack carried out by two Palestinian terrorists from the city of Yatta, Israeli authorities sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip until Sunday night. Israel also revoked travel permits for about 83,000 Palestinians. 

Calling the Palestinian terrorists “alleged attackers,” Al Hussein said Israel’s actions “will only increase the sense of injustice and frustration felt by Palestinians in this very tense time.”

Al Hussein also condemned the Palestinian terror attack.

“Israel has a human rights obligation to bring those responsible to account for their crimes….However, the measures taken against the broader population punish not the perpetrators of the crime, but tens—and maybe hundreds—of thousands of innocent Palestinians,” he said.

Posted on June 10, 2016 .