Palestinian Activist Urges Security Council Arms Embargo on Israel

YERUSHALAYIM -

A Palestinian activist used a U.N. Security Council debate on “Women, Peace and Security” to attack Israel for alleged human rights violations of Palestinians.

Randa Siniora Atallah, director of the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, urged the member states to impose an arms embargo on Israel.

“We call on the states to stop exporting arms to Israel where there is a risk that they may be used to commit serious violations of international rights and humanitarian law,” she said, and called for an end to “the occupation.”

She also spoke against the mistreatment of Palestinian women in Palestinian society.

Atallah had been invited by Bolivia, which holds the rotating UNSC presidency this month.

It was also an invitation from Bolivia that brought the head of the Israeli left-wing NGO B’Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, to the UNSC a few days ago to rail against Israel.