Palestine Files 'Colonial Occupation' Complaint at UN Against Israeli Apartheid & Genocide

From [HERE] Palestinians filed a complaint against Israel to the UN for using discriminatory measures and breaches of its obligations under international anti-racism treaty to maintain a "colonial occupation".

 The complaint was delivered to the UN by the Palestinian Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi, to the body that monitors the implementation of the UN convention against racism.

The complaint is expected to trigger a drawn-out and high-profile investigation by world bodies.

In the 350-page document seen by the Guardian, which accuses Israel of establishing an apartheid regime, Palestinians say that Israel is implementing policies that have "the common aim of displacing and replacing the Palestinian people for the purpose of maintaining a colonial occupation".

Several Israeli violations in the occupied territories are listed, accusing the government of seeking to sustain "a Jewish demographic majority in the entirety of historic Palestine" by deliberately changing the demographics in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

"Not only is the purpose of the settlement regime discriminatory in itself, it is further maintained by a system of discriminatory measures, severely depriving Palestinians of their fundamental rights," the report says.

The complaint was filed under violations to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and is believed to be the first interstate one under the treaty.

The convention, ratified by Israel in 1979, is monitored by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a body of 18 independent experts.