"Another example of the need to end persistent discrimination and impunity is the Israel-Palestine conflict, with the recurring violence and destruction evident in the repetition of crises in Gaza,” Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in his opening statement at the Human Rights Council's 27th session in Geneva on Monday.
He added that the recent Israeli aggression against the Palestinians resulted in a particularly devastating death toll, suffering and destruction, and compounded an already precarious situation due to the Gaza blockade imposed by Tel Aviv in 2007.
"Current and future generations of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have a right to live normal lives in dignity: without conflict, without a blockade, indeed without the wide range of daily human rights infringements that are generated by military occupation, illegal settlements, excessive use of force, home demolitions, and the Wall that continues to be constructed across the occupied Palestinian territory,” Hussein pointed out.
The UN official urged an end to the seven-year blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Israel started pounding the blockaded enclave in early July. Some 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women, children and elderly people, were killed in the Israeli military aggression against the Gaza Strip. Around 11,000 others were injured.
Tel Aviv says 72 Israelis were killed, but Hamas puts the number at much higher.