Days of Palestine, New York –The continuous Israeli aggression against Palestinians claimed lives of more Palestinians in 2014 than any year since 1967, United Nations’ report said on Thursday.
In 2014, the Israeli occupation waged a devastating war against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip that killed nearly 2,260 people, while intense violence in occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank killed dozens of Palestinians.
The report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) entitled "Fragmented Lives" called for more restraint regarding the continuous aggression. OCHA said: "Palestinian civilians continue to be subject to threats to their life, physical safety and liberty, with 2014 witnessing the highest civilian death toll since 1967.” It continued: "In the Gaza Strip, 1.8 million Palestinians endured the worst escalation of aggression since 1967: over 1,500 Palestinian civilians were killed, more than 11,000 injured and some 100,000 remain displaced." More than 550 children were among the dead, it added. In addition to the casualties among Palestinians, 73 died on the Israeli side, including only four non-combatants and a child. Meanwhile, OCHA said: “A record number of 1,215 Palestinians were displaced due to home demolitions in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank.” It added: “Settlement and settler activities continued, in contravention of international law, and contributed to humanitarian vulnerability of affected Palestinian communities."
The international community urges the Israeli occupation to halt Jewish settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory, seeing it as an obstacle to peace. In return, the Israeli occupation turns its back to the international community and international laws and conventions. Israelis occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967. They later annexed the historic city of Jerusalem in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move that has never been recognised by the international community. They have been building Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank despite continuous calls by the international community that this undermines potential peaceful solution for the conflict. In addition, they have been imposing a strict siege on the Gaza Strip since mid-2007, when the democratically elected Hamas government ended about 18 months of security chaos and extended its sovereignty over the coastal enclave.