Abbas asks for UN protection for Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urges UN to provide protection for Palestinian people against Israeli aggression

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the special meeting of Human Rights Council at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland October 28, 2015.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for international protection for the Palestinian people on Wednesday, saying the Israeli occupation rendered the human rights situation to one of its worst levels.

Abbas also slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of exploiting the Holocaust to attack the Palestinians. Abbas’ speech was at a special session of the UN-backed Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"He prefers to blame Palestinians for everything — even the Holocaust. You all know that this is totally false. It is untrue and baseless," Abbas said.

Netanyahu’s comments a week earlier suggested that Haj Amin al Husseini, a former grand mufti of Jerusalem, suggested that Hitler should ‘exterminate’ the Jews in the holocaust.

"When the Israeli prime minister tries to absolve Adolf Hitler from his ugly crimes, against the Jews, and blame Palestinians for these crimes, he is trying thereby to justify the crimes committed against the Palestinian people," Abbas said.

Netanyahu's claim set off a fierce uproar as Israeli historians accused him of whitewashing one of the biggest war criminals in the world, and bending historical facts for political gain.

Abbas’s speech comes after five weeks of violence that killed 55 Palestinians by Israeli fire, and 11 Israeli by stabbing attacks.

Abbas accused Israel of carrying out "extrajudicial killings" for shooting Palestinians accused in stabbing attacks.

The Israeli government blames the Palestinian authority for the violence that started mid September, on the eve of the Jewish new year’s Rosh Hashanah. Meanwhile, the Palestinian authority say the wave of violence is a logical end product of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, repeated failed peace efforts, Israeli administrative detention that is exercised systematically.

Administrative detention is a kind of arrest the Israeli government exercised, in which the detainee does not get to appoint a lawyer, no legal trial or clear charge of given out, and lasts for six months at a time and is usually renewed to last years.

Regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, Abbas said it has reached its "worst and most critical since 1948" — the year of Israel's independence — and insisted "it is no longer useful to waste time in negotiations for the sake of negotiations. What is required is the end of the occupation in accordance with international legitimacy."

Abbas called on the Security Council to "shoulder its responsibilities" and set up a "special regime of international protection for our Palestinian people."

TRTWorld and agencies