On Tuesday, the 14th of July, Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, published his report on Israel’s illegal policies of collective punishment. He recommended an end to the 53-year-old occupation of Palestine and an end to all collective punishment measures, including the siege of Gaza. He urged the international community to take measures ‘to ensure the respect by Israel of its duty under international law to end the occupation’.
- Oh Lord, we long to hear of an end to all Israeli policies of collective punishment. We pray that governments and international organisations will bring pressure to bear on the Israeli government to comply with international law and bring an end to the occupation. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.