UN Human Rights briefing on Israel -OPT by Ravina Shamdasani, 27 October 2023
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UN Human Rights briefing on Israel -OPT by Ravina Shamdasani, 27 October 2023

“For almost three weeks now, Palestinian civilians in Gaza have endured relentless bombing by Israel from air, land and sea. Thousands dead, lying dead amongst destroyed residential buildings, mosques and bakeries. We receive harrowing testimony of entire families killed by airstrikes on their homes including the families of our own staff members. Of parents writing children’s names on their arms to identify their future remains. Of the terrifying, sleepless nights people are spending in the open air, as airstrikes continue overhead. We mourn the loss of  UN colleagues and so many more civilians who are clearly, disproportionately impacted,”she said. 

 

“Despite its repeated orders to residents of northern Gaza to move to the south, suggesting it is safe, Israeli Forces’ strikes on two southern Governorates and Middle Gaza intensified in recent days. Meanwhile, heavy strikes on northern communities, including in Gaza city, continue. Nowhere is safe in Gaza,” Shamdasani said.

 

Compelling people to evacuate, including to places such as “the Israeli designated area” of Al Mawasi, and while under a complete siege raises serious concerns over forcible transfer, which is a war crime,”she said.

 

Israel’s use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated areas has caused extensive damage to civilian infrastructure and loss of civilian lives that, by all appearances, is difficult to reconcile with international humanitarian law,” the spokesperson said.

 

“Collective punishment is occurring through the choking off of water, food, fuel and electricity.  Fuel shortages forcing the closure of hospitals and bakeries. People forced into shelters in increasingly dire conditions; overcrowded, with poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water, bringing forward the specter of disease outbreak. A humanitarian catastrophe unfolds for the 2.2 million people locked inside Gaza who are being collectively punished,” Shamdasani said.

 

“Collective punishment is a war crime. Israel’s collective punishment of the entire population of Gaza must immediately cease. The use of dehumanizing language against Palestinians must also be halted,” she said.

 

“Indiscriminate attacks by Palestinian armed groups, including through the launching of unguided rockets into Israel, must stop. They must immediately and unconditionally release all civilians who were captured and are still being held.  The taking of hostages is also a war crime,”  the spokesperson said.

 

“The High Commissioner is appealing for efforts to seek human rights-based, lasting pathways towards peace for the people of Palestine and Israel. Efforts must be made to bring this escalation to an immediate end.  It is of utmost importance that all those with influence negotiate a way out of this protracted, disastrous situation,”she said.

 

“Peace, security and justice will not be found down this current path. The cycle of vengeance and bloodshed needs to end,” she said.

 

ENDS

 

For more information and media requests, please contact: 

In Geneva

Ravina Shamdasani - + 41 22 917 9169 / ravina.shamdasani@un.org or 

Marta Hurtado - + 41 22 917 9466 marta.hurtadogomez@un.org

 

In Nairobi

Seif Magango - +254 788 343 897 / seif.magango@un.org

 

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STORY:  UN Human Rights Briefing by Ravina Shamdasani on Israel-OPT

TRT: 03:58

SOURCE: UNTV / OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: English/NATS
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 
DATELINE:  27 October 2023 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
 

 

SHOTLIST 

  1. Exterior shot: Palais des Nations, Geneva.
  2. Wide shot: Briefing room
  3. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk is appealing to all sides to heed the calls for peace. The violence needs to end and there need to be strong efforts to seek an alternative to this carnage.”
  4. Cutaways: Briefing room
  5. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “For almost three weeks now, Palestinian civilians in Gaza have endured relentless bombing by Israel from air, land and sea. Thousands dead, lying dead amongst destroyed residential buildings, mosques and bakeries. We receive harrowing testimony of entire families killed by airstrikes on their homes including the families of our own staff members. Of parents writing children’s names on their arms to identify their future remains. Of the terrifying, sleepless nights people are spending in the open air, as airstrikes continue overhead. We mourn the loss of UN colleagues and so many more civilians who are clearly, disproportionately impacted.”
  6. Cutaways: Briefing room
  7. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “Despite its repeated orders to residents of northern Gaza to move to the south, suggesting it is safe, Israeli Forces’ strikes on two southern Governorates and Middle Gaza intensified in recent days. Meanwhile, heavy strikes on northern communities, including in Gaza city, continue. Nowhere is safe in Gaza.”
  8. Cutaways: Briefing room
  9. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights:Compelling people to evacuate, including to places such as “the Israeli designated area” of Al Mawasi, and while under a complete siege raises serious concerns over forcible transfer, which is a war crime.”
  10. Cutaways: Briefing room
  11. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “Israel’s use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated areas has caused extensive damage to civilian infrastructure and loss of civilian lives that, by all appearances, is difficult to reconcile with international humanitarian law.”
  12. Cutaways: Briefing room
  13. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “Collective punishment is occurring through the choking off of water, food, fuel and electricity. Fuel shortages forcing the closure of hospitals and bakeries. People forced into shelters in increasingly dire conditions; overcrowded, with poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water, bringing forward the specter of disease outbreak. A humanitarian catastrophe unfolds for the 2.2 million people locked inside Gaza who are being collectively punished.”
  14. Cutaways: Briefing room
  15. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “Collective punishment is a war crime. Israel’s collective punishment of the entire population of Gaza must immediately cease. The use of dehumanizing language against Palestinians must also be halted.”
  16. Cutaways: Briefing room
  17. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: ““Indiscriminate attacks by Palestinian armed groups, including through the launching of unguided rockets into Israel, must stop. They must immediately and unconditionally release all civilians who were captured and are still being held. The taking of hostages is also a war crime.”  
  18. Cutaways: Briefing room
  19. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “The High Commissioner is appealing for efforts to seek human rights-based, lasting pathways towards peace for the people of Palestine and Israel. Efforts must be made to bring this escalation to an immediate end. It is of utmost importance that all those with influence negotiate a way out of this protracted, disastrous situation.”
  20. Cutaways: Briefing room
  21. Soundbite (English)— Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson, UN Human Rights: “Peace, security and justice will not be found down this current path. The cycle of vengeance and bloodshed needs to end.”

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