The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory has been the primary and overwhelming cause of insecurity for the Palestinian people and instability in the region for decades. Ending the Israeli occupation through full withdrawal from all Palestinian territory, airspace and territorial waters with no residual Israeli presence or control is a basic requirement for the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state, for the resolution of the conflict and for regional stability. After decades of dispossession, living in exile and living under occupation, the Palestinian people yearn for freedom.
Political Prisoners, Missing Persons and the Remains of Fallen Persons

Political Prisoners

Since Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory in 1967, an estimated 700,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the oPt. This constitutes approximately 20 percent of our total population and 40 percent of the male Palestinian population in the oPt. Israel arrested more than 13,000 Palestinians between 1993 and 2001 (i.e., the Oslo peace process years). Israel arrested an additional 50,000 Palestinians between the start of the Second Intifada in September 2000 and today.

Claim Resolution

1. Summary

In order to pave the way for future reconciliation, all claims arising out of the conflict should be settled. Reaching a comprehensive and sustainable peace agreement requires that the wrongs committed during the conflict are addressed and redressed. Israel has been responsible for countless acts, policies and practices that violate established norms based on international law and that cause severe harm to us and our future state. Among Israel’s most notable violations are its continuing violation of the our right to self-determination, its creeping settlement enterprise, unlawful exploitation of our water and other natural resources, environmental pollution and damages, loss of and damage to cultural property, misuse of our financial resources, and gross and systematic human rights violations. The current and ongoing suffering, severe economic underdevelopment and poverty in the oPt are the direct results of illegal Israeli acts and omissions committed throughout the prolonged Israeli military occupation of our territory.


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