Palestinians checking the destruction following an Israeli airstrike in southern Gaza Strip recently. -AFP

LETTERS: THE time has come for all nations to unite and expel Israel from the United Nations (UN) due to its ongoing persecution of the Palestinian people.

Since the creation of Israel in 1948 and the occupation of East Jerusalem, West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967, the world has witnessed many human rights violations committed by Israeli authorities against the Palestinians.

For more than half a century, Palestinians have to endure violence almost daily, not only by the Israeli authorities, but also the Jewish extremist groups and settlers.

Palestinian women and children have been subjected to humiliations and even killed in cold blood.

Inhumane actions by Israel against the Palestinian people should not be condoned by civilised countries which uphold peace and justice.

The UN should not allow Israel to be a member of the world body.

Article 1 of the UN charter 1945 clearly states the purpose of its establishment: “To maintain international peace and security, and to that end, to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace”.

All these objectives are clearly not respected by Israel.

On record, there have been about 50 UN resolutions condemning Israel for its acts of cruelty and brutality, but all these resolutions are futile due to the support and protection afforded by United States to its “close allies”.

Israel has forgotten that it owes the UN for its very existence in 1948 when on Nov 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly approved the UN Partition Plan for Palestine Resolution 181 by terminating the British Mandate while creating two states — one Jewish and one Arab.

If it had not been for the UN, it would not have been able to establish a nation of its own which it calls the “promise land” or “home”.

The UN charter is a basic treaty and all members are bound by its articles.

Failure by any country to adhere to it can result in severe punishment including expulsion.

Article 6 of the UN Charter 1945 clearly states that “A member of the UN which has persistently violated the principles contained in the present charter may be expelled from the organisation by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council”.

Any effort to expel the Jewish nation will be seen as a strong signal that its barbaric and inhumane actions against the Palestinians are totally unacceptable.

At the same time, its lend moral support to the Palestinians to continue their struggle to establish a country where they can live in peace.



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