The devastating effects of 46 long years of Israeli control of the Palestinian Territories (Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem) are felt throughout the population, touching every sector of Palestinian society and economy, Euromid Observer for Human Rights said in a press release Monday.
Euromid specified that women and girls are disproportionately burdened – particularly in the Gaza Strip, adding that the population of the Gaza Strip has been severely affected by the Israeli violations and attacks.
According to the Euromid, hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured, leaving many with permanent disabilities, which has led to a high level of tension and deep social division.
National, social and human cohesion has deteriorated, leading to fragmentation, distrust, low morale, deceased productivity, and more. Young people in particular feel alienated.
As the rates of poverty, deprivation and stress rise, the social cohesion of families and communities is being eroded, Euromid added.
An assessment conducted by the Euromid Observer for Human Rights among 1,100 Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip indicates that the Israeli siege has affected every aspect of their lives. The majority of the women expressed that the impact of the blockade has direct consequences on their family's income, expenses and health; their children's education; and their own social status.
Moreover, a majority of the women expressed their concern over their children's behavioral problems and their concern regarding family violence and early marriage.
Armed conflict often exacerbates discrimination and inequalities, further impeding progress towards women's full realization of their human rights.
International human rights, humanitarian and refugee law share a common goal aimed at preventing and relieving suffering as well as protecting the rights and freedoms of women and girls.
The Euromid Observer demands from the Israeli government to recognize and apply International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) for Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip.
The Euromid Observer added that the Israeli government should also apply the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in relation to Israeli policies and practices in Palestine.
Additionally, the Israeli government should immediately end the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip and halt its practices of collective punishment.