March 25, 2014

Photo by Joi, via Flickr
Photo by Joi, via Flickr

The building of Israeli colonies and attacks by colonists on Palestinians are a major source of much abuse of rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, the United Nations’ top human rights official said on Monday.

Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay also expressed concern at a recent surge in violence in and around the Gaza Strip by both local groups and Israeli forces.

“Israeli [colony]-related activities and [colonist] violence are at the core of many of the violations of human rights in the West Bank, including [occupied] East Jerusalem,” she told the UN’s 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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