Palestinian territories

The international community should offer the Palestinian population protection against Israeli authorities’ “indiscriminate use of force,” an independent human rights expert suggests. U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Richard Falk said recent events in the Palestinian territories, including the Israel Defense Forces’ killing of four Palestinians in the West Bank and the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in East Jerusalem to make way for more settlement construction, are unacceptable.

“This is part of an accelerating pattern in Jerusalem that consists of shifting the demographic balance to reinforce Israeli claims to control permanently the entire city, making the creation of a viable Palestinian state, with its capital as East Jerusalem, virtually unattainable,” Falk said, according to the U.N. News Center.

Falk has been serving the U.N. in an independent and unpaid capacity since 2008.

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