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Saturday, July 2, 2016 17:47
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Prof. Peter Slezak: The Situation in the West Bank Is An Appalling, Brutal Military Occupation

Even though the public attention is focused on Iran’s nuclear agreement with the six world powers and the Saudi invasion of Yemen these days, the plight of Palestinian nation is still a major concern for the global community.

The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and West Bank is growing more unendurable, and it seems that Benjamin Netanyahu’s unusual anxiety over the successful conclusion of the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 has its roots in Tel Aviv’s fear of the shifting of public attention to the cruelties taking place in the Occupied Territories, Gaza Strip and West Bank.

A Jewish university professor in Australia compares the living conditions of the Palestinian people to those of the black South Africans during the Apartheid era, saying that “the situation in the West Bank is an appalling, brutal military occupation.”

“The impunity of Israel in the face of so many crimes, including those of the 2014 assault on Gaza, is because the major political powers, and especially the United States, have failed to bring Israel to account and, indeed, aid and abet Israel’s crimes by huge military support, diplomatic cover in the UN and elsewhere and based media coverage,” said Prof. Peter Slezak in an interview with Fars News Agency.

Referring to Israel’s violations of the international law, Prof. Slezak noted, “Israel not only violates the rules of war but many rules of international law such as the Geneva Conventions and numerous UN resolutions.”

“For example, every one of the 600,000 settlers in the West Bank is in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” he added.

Dr. Peter Slezak is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He completed his MPhil and PhD at Columbia University, New York. He is co-founder of the advocacy group Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV) and an Executive member of Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN). Just recently, Prof. Slezak presented an ABC Radio program titled “Breaking the Silence” based on his tour of the West Bank and Gaza.

In an interview with FNA, Prof. Peter Slezak provided an insight into the different aspects of the military occupation of Palestine and the problems the people there are facing in their daily lives.

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