A United Nations fact-finding mission has concluded that all Israeli settlements are in violation of international law. The settlements violate the rights of the Palestinians as well as being a violation of the 49th Geneva Convention which prohibits the transfer of civilian populations to occupied territory.
In essence, despite widespread media coverage surrounding the release of the report, the latest UN condemnation of Israel carries nothing new.
“Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions. It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT (occupied Palestinian territories),” said a report by the inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet.
The UN report states that since 1967, about 250 settlements have been established, home to 520,000 people. It sites that after the UN General Assembly granted the PA (Palestinian Authority) observer nation status, Israel moved ahead announcing its plans to construct 3,000 additional settler homes in areas of the “West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas desired by the PA for the future Palestinian state.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)