UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Em. Richard Falk: Israel Killed 1300 Palestinian Children Since 2000

UN Special Rapporteur: Israel Killed 1300 Palestinian Children Since 2000

03.05.11 – 13:33| PNN – Palestine News Network

Amman – PNN – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, announced a new report documenting 1300 Palestinian children killed by Israel since 2000.

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UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk

Falk announcement came during a press conference he held in the Jordanian Capital Amman on Monday night. Falk noted in his report that in 2010 Israeli army gunfire and shelling targeting the Gaza Strip killed 17 children.

The UN Special Rapporteur is visiting the region until 3 May. His visits included Egypt and Jordan, during which Falk  meet officials, human rights defenders, UN agencies and civil society organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The Government of Israel has not responded to repeated requests from the Special Rapporteur for access to the occupied Palestinian territory. Due to the prevailing security situation in Gaza, the Special Rapporteur has been forced to cancel his visit to Gaza as part of this mission. The UN announced that he plans to visit Gaza later in 2011.

Since his appointment in May 2008, the Government of Israel has not cooperated with Mr. Falk’s attempts to carry out field missions to the occupied Palestinian territory, thereby impeding his ability to fulfill the mandate given to him by the Human Rights Council. On 14 December 2008, upon arrival in Israel, the Special Rapporteur was denied entry into Israel, detained, interrogated and subsequently deported.

Sources: UN & Al-Qudes net.

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