In a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday, the ambassador expressed concern about the international community’s apparent double standards, which he believes grant Israel, as the occupying power, the freedom to commit further crimes and inflict harm on the Palestinian people.
Israel initiated a military operation in the West Bank on Monday, claiming it aimed to prevent terrorism in the region, specifically in Jenin.
Shawesh highlighted that the invasion by Israel has resulted in the loss of ten Palestinian lives and numerous injuries.
He described the extensive and brutal aggression launched by Israeli occupation forces, involving airstrikes on residential homes and civilian properties in the densely-populated Palestine refugee camp. The ground forces entered the camp, causing significant damage to infrastructure and properties.
The ambassador called on the international community to uphold and enforce international law, UN resolutions, the Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention, and other legally binding international instruments designed to maintain global peace and security and protect the lives of vulnerable Palestinian people.
Shawesh emphasized the need for a clear and unwavering stance against Israel as the occupying power, urging the international community to oppose and compel Israel to cease its current aggression and attacks on civilians in Jenin. He urged Israel to fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under international law.
The ambassador called for concrete legal and diplomatic actions against Israel, similar to measures implemented in other parts of the world. He stressed the urgency for the international community to act promptly, taking tangible steps to end the prevailing silence and inaction surrounding the issue.