The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.
In 2017, the Israeli occupation will enter its fiftieth year, and the closure/blockade of the Gaza Strip—with its associated buffer zone policy—will enter its tenth year. The breakdown in human rights standards and continuing violations of the laws of war in occupied Palestine stem from decades of de-development, which, through policies of closure and occupation combined with ineffective intervention by the international community, continue to form a spiraling retrogression in conditions today. Israel's policy of fragmentation shapes the socio-political environment; its settlement enterprise, the Separation Wall, and the isolation of Gaza form the foundations of this policy. Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights reminds the Council that these concerted efforts aimed at fragmenting occupied Palestine and its population and normalizing Israel’s prolonged occupation must be responded to with practical steps to ensure Palestinian access to human rights, fundamentally the right to self-determination.