WCLAC – Women’s Center for Legal Aid & Counseling - Palestine
PALESTINE – ESCALATING & CONTINUING VIOLENCE IN PALESTINE & IMPACT ON WOMEN
[13 October 2015] – For well over a year prior to the recent upsurge in violence the UN, EU and civil society have been warning that tensions were on the rise in Jerusalem. The general consensus is that the tension can be attributable to a number of factors including:
In addition to these factors the failure of any credible political process to resolve the conflict in accordance with well-established principles of international law inevitably leads to an erosion in faith in a peaceful resolution.
According to the latest data released by the UN, in the first week of the latest upsurge in violence (29 September to 5 October), 4 Palestinians and 4 Israelis were killed. During the same period, 794 Palestinians and 7 Israelis were injured, representing a ratio of 113:1.
As with the periodic upsurges in violence in Gaza, cycles of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank are the inevitable and foreseeable consequence of a comprehensive failure to enforce legally binding UN Security Council resolutions dating back to 1967, which in turn only serves to undermine the international legal order to the detriment of all.
As has been reported in the past, the current state of insecurity frequently has a disproportionate impact on women in the society.