ISRAEL MUST WITHDRAW ALL SETTLERS, SAYS UN REPORT
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Topic: ISRAEL MUST WITHDRAW ALL SETTLERS, SAYS UN REPORT
Posted By: Manfred Liebig
Subject: ISRAEL MUST WITHDRAW ALL SETTLERS, SAYS UN REPORT
Date Posted: 11 February 2013 at 4:31pm
"Israeli settlements symbolise the acute lack of justice experienced by the
"In compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva
Convention Israel must cease all settlement activities without preconditions.
" - Article 49 states: "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies."
"We are today calling on the government of Israel to ensure full
accountability for all violations, put an end to the policy of impunity and to
ensure justice for all victims."
These are key sentences in the
introduction to the "Report of the independent international fact-finding
mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil,
political, economical, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people
throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem." The
fact-finding mission was authorised by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on
March 22, 2012.
OFFICE OF THE HIGH
Geneva, 31 January 2013 – The International Fact-Finding
Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today
published its findings on the implications Israeli settlements have upon the
human rights of the Palestinian people.
The report states that a
multitude of the human rights of the Palestinians are violated in various forms
and ways due to the existence of the settlements.
These violations are
all interrelated, forming part of an overall pattern of breaches that are
characterised principally by the denial of the right to self-determination and
systemic discrimination against the Palestinian people which occur on a daily
Since 1967, Israeli governments have openly led, directly
participated in, and had full control of the planning, construction,
development, consolidation and encouragement of settlements, the report
“In compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention
Israel must cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” said Ms.
Christine Chanet, chair of the Mission from France.
The report states
that settlements are established and developed for the exclusive benefit of
Israeli Jews. The settlements are maintained and advanced through a system of
total segregation between the settlers and the rest of the population living in
the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This system of segregation is supported and
facilitated by strict military and law enforcement control to the detriment of
the rights of the Palestinian population.
“We are today calling on the
government of Israel to ensure full accountability for all violations, put an
end to the policy of impunity and to ensure justice for all victims,” said Ms.
Asma Jahangir, member of the Mission from Pakistan.
The report states
that Israel is committing serious breaches of its obligations under the right to
self-determination and under humanitarian law. The report also concludes that
the Rome Statute establishes the International Criminal Court's jurisdiction
over the transfer of populations in the Occupied Palestinian
“The magnitude of violations relating to Israel’s policies of
dispossessions, evictions, demolitions and displacements from land shows the
widespread nature of these breaches of human rights. The motivation behind
violence and intimidation against the Palestinians and their properties is to
drive the local populations away from their lands, allowing the settlements to
expand,” said Ms. Unity Dow, member of the Mission from Botswana.
report states that private entities have also enabled, facilitated and profited
from the construction of the settlements – both directly and
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The full report is available at:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session19/Pages/IsraeliSettlementsInTheOPT.aspx - - http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session19/Pages/IsraeliSettlementsInTheOPT.aspx
ISRAEL MUST WITHDRAW ALL SETTLERS. Will this really happen? Or will the Palestinians be forced to continue to live in unacceptable conditions?
Posted By: Caringheart
Date Posted: 11 February 2013 at 8:24pm
The question is, and has been, how to get compliance...
Let us seek Truth together
Blessed be God forever