arab voice – On Sunday, a Palestinian human rights center called on the international community to provide protection to Palestinian women, in light of Israeli violations, conditions of internal division, and societal violence.
This was stated in a statement of the “Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights” (non-governmental), on the occasion of International Women’s Day, corresponding to March 8 of each year.
The Center said: “It is the responsibility of the international community to compel the Israeli occupation to lift the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than 13 years, and to abide by international humanitarian law towards the Palestinian people as a people under occupation.”
He added: “The UN Human Rights Council, and in particular the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, should work to conduct investigations into cases of serious Israeli violations.”
He continued: “Because of the Israeli violations, women have paid a heavy price, whether they are injured, directly or indirectly, through the injury of their children and their husbands to injury or death, which made their lives more difficult and complicated.”
On Saturday, the Palestinian (non-governmental) Al-Asir Club said that Israel has arrested 16,000 Palestinian women since 1967, and subjected them to “all types of torture and abuse during arrest and investigation operations in prisons.”
At the local Palestinian level, the ongoing internal division since 2007 is one of the reasons that have led to an increase in the suffering of Palestinian women, according to the Legal Center.
He pointed out that during the past year and early 2020, cases of killing women rose against different backgrounds (he did not explain).
The Center documented 14 killings of women during the year 2019, including 8 women in the West Bank, and 6 women in Gaza, including 3 women who were killed in connection with the so-called “honor killings”.
He called on the Palestinian National Authority to “take the necessary measures and measures to put an end to domestic violence, prosecute the perpetrators of crimes against women and hold them accountable, and pass a law to protect the family from violence.”