Israel’s occupied Palestinian territory is in the middle of a violent conflict with its neighbors and the world, with the West Bank occupied by Israel since 1967 and the Gaza Strip occupied by the Palestinians since 2014.
A new report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has revealed that the Israeli occupation of the West bank has had a devastating impact on the lives of Palestinians, both Palestinians living in Israel and Palestinians living outside of the occupied territory.
The report, which has been published in English by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), details the impact of Israeli occupation on Palestinians living under Israeli rule.
“Israel’s control over the West Wall, the narrow, concrete separation fence that separates East Jerusalem from the West Haram area, has had profound and lasting effects on Palestinian lives, including displacement and forced displacement, as well as on their physical, mental and spiritual health,” OCHA said in a statement.
The report also found that “Israel’s policies have resulted in widespread violence and violations of international humanitarian law, including violations of basic human rights, and have resulted, in some cases, in the killing of Palestinian civilians.”
The report noted that the Occupation of Palestinian Territories has displaced 1.6 million Palestinians, forced 1.5 million to leave their homes and restricted the life expectancy of 1.1 million Palestinians.
Israel, however, has blamed the report and other human rights groups for creating “false narratives” about the Palestinian situation and has dismissed the report.
OCHA is the UN body charged with monitoring human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories, and has called for an end to Israel’s policies and actions.
The report, titled “The Israeli Occupation: A Disproportionate Toll on the Palestinian Population,” was written by a panel of international human rights lawyers and experts.
It was released in a two-part report on Tuesday.
“Israel is committing crimes against humanity against its Palestinian citizens by the way it treats them, by denying them the right to live, to enjoy, to work, to education, and to health,” the report’s authors said.
While the report found that Israeli restrictions have impacted Palestinian lives and made it more difficult for them to enter the occupied territories, the report said they have also reduced their ability to contribute to the economies of their respective countries.
Its authors pointed out that, “Israeli policies have created a climate of fear and mistrust in the Palestinian community, and a climate that undermines the development of their society.”
“This has resulted in an unequal distribution of the economic fruits of the occupation,” the authors added.
The findings come at a time when international efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have become increasingly complex.
Israel has been accused of killing civilians in Gaza during its military campaign, which it has denied.
On Tuesday, a Palestinian woman was killed by Israeli fire in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
The Israeli government has repeatedly called on the international community to end Israel’s blockade of Gaza and stop supporting the Palestinians’ ability to travel and work there.
The U.S. and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions against Israel, with Israel and the Palestinians facing international condemnation for failing to comply with the international embargo.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is moving forward with its first official visit to the West Asian country, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and a major trade route between the two countries.
The Trump administration has vowed to support a “peace process” between Israel and its neighbors.
On Monday, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced that he was in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials over the country’s involvement in the peace process.
In its report, OCHA also documented the impact the Israeli military has had on the economy of Palestinian communities, particularly the Gaza and the West al-Hilweh areas.
The area has been a main economic and political center for the Gaza strip and is now largely under Israeli control, while the West Gaza city of Beit Lahiya is controlled by Hamas.