Envoy Laments Palestine Invasion by Israel

The Palestine Ambassador to Nigeria, Abdallah Shawesh, has called on the international community to invoke international laws to stop on-going operations in his country by the Israeli military.

“The clear double standards used by the international community give the green light for Israel, the occupying power, to commit more crimes and more killing of the Palestinian people,” the envoy said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Israel had launched a military operation in the West Bank on Monday.

According to reports, Israel claimed the operation was to prevent Jenin from being “a refuge for terrorism.”

Shawesh said the invasion of his country by Israel had led to the death of 10 citizens and the injury of many others.

He said, “The Israeli occupation forces launched a wide and extensive brutal aggression in Jenin refugee camp in the early hours of Monday, July 4.

“The military attacks started with air strikes on many homes and other civilian properties in the densely-populated Palestine refugee camp by fully-armed ground forces, who stormed the refugee camp. This aggression led to the loss of 10 Palestinian souls, other tens wounded, and heavy damage to properties and infrastructure.

“The international community should uphold and stand firm for the implementation of international law, UN resolutions, the Human Right Declaration, the Geneva Convention, and many other agreed international legal instruments that were created to maintain peace and security all over the world and to secure and save the lives of defenseless people, including the Palestinian people.

“The international community should also take a clear and firm stance to oppose and enforce Israel, the occupying power, to stop its current aggression and attacks on civilians in Jenin refugee camp. It should also fully respect its obligations under international law as an occupying power.”

He stated that legal and diplomatic actions should be taken against Israel.

“We call for real and effective legal and diplomatic measures against Israel, the occupying power, similar to what had been taken in other parts of the world. It’s long overdue for the international community to act immediately, and to take tangible measures to put an end to the shameful silence and constant inaction,” he added.