Qatar has said that occupation and human rights are contradictory and cannot coexist, calling on the international community to take all necessary measures, pressure the Israeli government, and stop supporting it, in order to put an end to its occupation of Palestinian territories and its racist and illegal settlement policies.

It also called for the immediate and permanent end to Israel's aggression and war of genocide and forced displacement against the Palestinians in Gaza, for allowing the entry of humanitarian aid, lifting the blockade, and ensuring the Palestinian people reclaim all their inalienable rights, particularly the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian state on the Jun 4, 1967 borders, as well as for holding all those responsible for the violations and crimes committed against the Palestinian people accountable.

This came in a statement delivered by HE Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN Office in Geneva Dr Hind Abdulrahman al-Muftah to the interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, as part of the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

HE al-Muftah emphasised that in its aggression on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces employed policies of killing, starvation, siege, and the complete destruction of infrastructure and civilian facilities such as hospitals and schools, as well as cutting off water, electricity, fuel, food, and medical supplies, which clearly reflect Israel's desire to continue its collective punishment of and revenge on the Palestinians, along with rendering the Gaza Strip uninhabitable.

She also expressed Qatar's condemnation of the Israeli authorities' continued lack of co-operation with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its prevention from fulfilling its mandate by denying it access to the occupied Palestinian territories, something that aligns with the magnitude of Israel's genocidal crimes and serious violations of international laws and agreements, being the occupying power for over seven decades.
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