UN human rights chief calls for end to Israel’s occupation of Arab areas

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The UN’s top human rights official has marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories by calling for its quick end, insisting that such an outcome would benefit both sides. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the Jordanian prince who heads the UN Human Rights Council, echoed the strong language of the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, who earlier this week condemned the occupation’s ‘heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people,’ which he said had ‘fuelled recurring cycles of violence and retribution.’ The remarks follow a series of critical reports by humanitarian and rights organisations that reveal the impact of the 50-year occupation, and come as Israeli politicians celebrate the bicentenary of the 1967 six-day war, in which Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the Old City.” (06/06/17)