The Secretary-General recalls that he already condemned this practice, which violates human rights law as well as general principles of law, in his statement of 5 July. Israel’s continued use of it can only further inflame an already very dangerous situation. The Secretary-General appeals once again to the Government of Israel to put an end to it. Indeed, he appeals to all sides to stop the cycle of destructive violence and to return to the path of dialogue, since there can be no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict other than a political one. He urges both parties to focus their energies on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Mitchell Report, which they have both embraced.
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