GENEVA, Switzerland, Mar 22 – Qatar has condemned in the strongest possible terms, the heinous crime committed by the Israeli barbaric settlers, who burned the home of the sole witness in the case of burning Saad Dawabsheh family that took place in July, 2015, re-emphasising its firm position in providing all necessary support to the Palestinian people and their just cause.

Jassim Sayar Al Maawda, second secretary at Qatar’s permanent delegation to the U.N. office in Geneva, made the remarks as he addressed a session on human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, under Article 7 of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council.

Al Maawda reiterated the importance of maintaining Article 7, as a constant fixture in the agenda of the Human Rights Council, calling for shedding the light on the Israeli systematic violations against the Palestinian people, which have been ongoing for more than half a century.

He said that, the crime of burning the house of the only witness is an episode of a long series of crimes of terrorising the Palestinian people, killing children and storming the Aqsa Mosque, in order to implement the racist and colonial policies to Judaise Jerusalem and change its demographic identity.

The Qatari diplomat added that the residents of Gaza have been living under the unjust blockade imposed on them by air, sea and land, and were subjected to three devastating wars by Israel, which increased their humanitarian suffering. He said that all of this is happening under full international disregard that preferred to deal with the blockade as a matter of fact, and did not show any seriousness in ending it, even though it contradicts with the most basic humanitarian principles and international law.

Concluding his speech, Al Maawda reiterated Qatar’s firm stance in support of the Palestinian people and their just cause that was and remains the core issue for Arabs and Muslims and all dignified people all over the world, so that the oppressive Israeli occupation would end and the Palestinian people would restore their legitimate rights, mainly the right to self-determination and establishing an independent sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital

Source: QNA