UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, stated that Israel is committing serious Human Rights violations, and called on Tel Aviv to stop its settlement construction activities, and to release Palestinian political prisoners.The Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that the Permanent Palestinian Observer Commission at the UN in Geneva, and a number of international organizations, are participating in the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council, which started on Monday morning.

In her opening speech, Pillay stated that Israel is conducting serious human rights violations against the Palestinians in the occupied territories, and that Israel must also stop its settlement activities, as they are direct and serious violations of International Law.

She also said that Israel is still holding captive more than 5000 Palestinians under very difficult conditions, and that Israel’s occupation and its practices are illegal.

The Human Rights Council, and various human rights and nongovernmental organizations, will be discussing, over the coming few weeks, various issues regarding human rights in the occupied State of Palestine, especially on Israeli settlements activities, the Palestinian detainees, and will be submitting a report on the Israeli violations.