Geneva Council Condemns Inhumane Treatment of Palestinians by Israeli Military in Gaza Strip

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An Israeli soldier stands by a truck with Palestinian detainees in it, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the Gaza Strip December 8, 2023. REUTERS/Yossi Zeliger ISRAEL OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ISRAEL

Geneva Council strongly condemns the recent reports of the Israeli military’s inhumane treatment of Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip. The disturbing incidents involve the rounding up of Palestinian men, who were subsequently subjected to degrading conditions, including being forced to kneel in the streets with their heads bowed and hands bound behind their backs.

The Israeli military’s actions have been brought to light by human rights activists, distraught relatives, and released detainees, shedding light on a troubling pattern of mistreatment during the ongoing conflict. Geneva Council expresses deep concern over the reported separation of families, arbitrary detentions, and the use of tactics that violate the dignity and rights of individuals.

According to eyewitness accounts and testimonies, Palestinians detained in Beit Lahiya, Jabaliya, and other neighborhoods in Gaza City were bound, blindfolded, and transported in trucks to a detention camp on the beach. Some detainees were forced to strip down to their underwear, and in certain cases, they were held for hours, if not days, enduring hunger and cold.

The footage and images depicting Palestinian men kneeling in the streets with their hands bound have circulated on social media, sparking outrage and prompting Geneva Council to call for an immediate and thorough investigation into these alleged human rights violations. The scenes of humiliation and degradation, including the numbering of detainees’ hands, are deeply troubling and demand international attention.

Ramy Abdu, founder of the Geneva-based Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, estimates that at least 900 Palestinians have been detained in northern Gaza, emphasizing the urgency of addressing this issue. Geneva Council joins the call of human rights groups for an impartial investigation into these mass arrests and the overall treatment of civilians caught in the crossfire.

The Geneva Council urges the international community to take a stand against such egregious violations of human rights and to ensure accountability for those responsible. We call on relevant authorities to uphold the principles of international law, safeguard the rights of civilians, and work towards a just and lasting resolution to the conflict in the region.

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