Israel is denying Palestinians’ rights to development, causing rising poverty and “despair” as tensions increase, a UN report has found.
Michael Lynk, the special rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), said Gaza has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world and the situation is worsening as the economy stagnates.
“The Palestinian economy is without parallel in the modern world,” he added, delivering his report to the UN General Assembly in New York.
“Israel’s occupation is denying Palestine’s right to development and severely hampering its ability to attain even the minimum targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Poverty is rising. Unemployment is rising to epic levels. Food insecurity is becoming more acute. The Palestinian economy is becoming more stifled and less viable under the occupation.
“Israel’s deliberate fragmentation of the OPT and lack of development has negatively impacted human rights.”