UN slams Is­rael af­ter Pales­tinian per­mit ban

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

UNITED NA­TIONS—Is­rael’s cancellation of en­try per­mits for Pales­tini­ans fol­low­ing a deadly at­tack in Tel Aviv may amount to col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment, which is banned un­der in­ter­na­tional law, the United Na­tions’ top hu­man rights of­fi­cial said on Sa­ture­day.

Is­rael re­sponded that its ac­tions were “le­git­i­mate steps in or­der to de­fend its cit­i­zens from ter­ror­ists.”

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary on Thurs­day re­voked per­mits for 83,000 Pales­tini­ans to visit Is­rael and said it would send hun­dreds more troops spokes­woman Rav­ina Sham­dasani said.

But he is con­cerned about the re­vok­ing of per­mits “which may amount to pro­hib­ited col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment and will only in­crease the sense of in­jus­tice and frus­tra­tion felt by Pales­tini­ans in this very tense time”, she told a news brief­ing.

Is­rael’s ac­tions in­cluded sus­pen­sion of 204 work per­mits held by in­di­vid­u­als in the ex­tended fam­i­lies of the al­leged at­tack­ers, she said, and Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces sealed off their en­tire home­town. The Geneva

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