Pax Christi says Palestinians missing out on Israeli justice
The Catholic peace organisation Pax Christi has highlighted injustice in Israeli courts and serious cases of violence against Palestinians by Israeli settlers in a report presented on Thursday to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
Pax Christi has demanded an international inquiry into the discriminatory practices of the courts in Israel.
Julia Stuckey, Pax Christi permanent delegate to the UN Human Rights Commission said, "Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Gaza strip have organised themselves better and intensified acts of violence against Palestinian civilians, fanning the spiral of violence. Also Palestinians have committed acts of violence against the settlers."
But, Pax Christi reports, Israeli justice is not just: "On 21 January an Israeli settler found guilty of killing a 12 year old Palestinian boy, was given six months hard labour and a told to pay $A35,934.30 compensation. The same day a Palestinian youth who tried to stab an Israeli settler was given six and a half year prison sentence."
In the last few months, the report says, "Israeli settlers have killed at least seven Palestinians, shot and injured at least 39 and beaten at least 11, while there are 48 reports of stone-throwing, relating to at least 98 people attacked and injured more or less seriously, as well as 48 attacks on property, including the uprooting of olive trees; moreover the bodies of 4 Palestinians were found on farm property in mysterious circumstances".
The Pax Christi report reminded the Commission that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as conventions on civil and political rights, have all been ratified by the state of Israel.