Earlier today (Monday, January 30th) ICAHD submitted its parallel report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to convene in Geneva next month.
The report, authored by Adv. Emily Schaeffer from the Michael Sfard Law Office and ICAHD Co-Director Itay Epshtain provides information for consideration by UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in advance of its examination of Israel’s periodic reports. The report focuses on Israel’s failure to comply with the Convention in relation to the Occupation of the Palestinian territory, and its responsibility to respect, protect and fulfill Palestinians human rights, in accordance with international law and standards.
Epshtain, and ICAHD UK Director Linda Ramsden will appear before the Committee in Geneva in mid-February, to highlight Israel’s protracted non-compliance with obligations stemming from the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and other human rights instruments. While Israel persistently refuses to provide information on ICERD implementation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, ICAHD will provide the Committee with pertinent information on the plight of Palestinian under the effective control of Israel.
Report recommendations include ICAHD’s call on Israel to dismantle its system of apartheid over the Palestinian people forthwith, to repeal all discriminatory laws and practices, not to pass any further discriminatory legislation, and to cease forthwith acts of persecution against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Israel proper: and an end to the Occupation of the Palestinian Territory, and a prompt realization of Palestinians right to national self-determination, and an immediate cessation of the demolition of Palestinian houses, schools, and infrastructure.