Gisha Executive Director Tania Hary to address United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Middle East

Gisha Eexecutive Director Tania Hary, the UN Security Council Chamber in New York. Photo credits: Gisha, Neptuul 

Gisha Executive Director Tania Hary, the UN Security Council Chamber in New York. Photo credits: Gisha, Neptuul

November 19, 2019. Tomorrow (November 20) at 10:00 a.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. local time, Gisha Executive Director Tania Hary will address the United Nations Security Council as part of its discussion on The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Hary was invited to brief the Security Council by the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, currently presiding as Council President. Her briefing will be broadcast live on UN Web TV.

In her address, Hary will provide an overview of ongoing restrictions enforced by Israel on movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip – in particular, between Gaza and the West Bank – as part of Israel’s “separation policy.” These sweeping prohibitions on movement and access between the two parts of the Palestinian territory routinely violate basic rights, thwart economic development, and prevent Palestinians from building a shared society.

While many view Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank as the primary obstacle to peace, Israel’s practice of isolating Gaza further serves its goals of undermining the possibility of a Palestinian state and enabling annexation.

Drawing on examples from petitions filed by Gisha on behalf of Gaza residents, Hary will describe how ongoing restrictions enforced by Israel impact the lives of young people and women – who make up the large majority of the population in Gaza – contributing to one of the world’s highest unemployment rates, and a great sense of despair and hopelessness.

The international community provides critical funding for humanitarian and development needs in the Palestinian territory, largely keeping the situation from tipping over the edge, but the situation is not sustainable. After more than 52 years of occupation, with no end in sight, the time has come for the international community to take steps to leverage its role to ensure respect for and protection of human rights.