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Evacuate settlers, UN tells Israel
February 01, 2013
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GENEVA: Israel must immediately start withdrawing its settlers from the Palestinian territories, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report that Israel immediately dismissed as “biased.”

“Israel must...cease all settlement activities without preconditions (and) must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers” from the occupied territories, said a report commissioned by the UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last March.

Because of the settlements, Palestinians’ human rights “are being violated consistently and on a daily basis,” the three independent experts said in the report.

Israeli quickly rejected the report, ratcheting up tensions that this week saw the country become the first country to ever boycott a rights review by the UN body.

“The Human Rights Council has sadly distinguished itself by its systematically one-sided and biased approach towards Israel. This latest report is yet another unfortunate reminder of that,” foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said in a statement.

Israel settling its population into occupied territory falls “into the provision of article eight of the ICC (International Criminal Court) statute...on war crimes,” Christine Chanet of France, who chaired the mission, told reporters in Geneva.

She said it was unclear if the ICC could prosecute Israel for such crimes.

The experts, who will present their findings to the 47-member state council on March 18, also called on Israel to “ensure adequate, effective and prompt remedy to all Palestinian victims...of human rights violations that are a result of the settlements.”

The council’s decision to dispatch the fact-finding mission to determine what impact the settlements are having on the rights of Palestinians so enraged Israel that it immediately cut all ties with the body.

Chanet along with Asma Jahangir of Pakistan and Unity Dow of Botswana, published their findings just two days after Israel became the first nation to boycott a regular review by the UN rights council.

Israel has come under widespread international criticism for ramping up its construction of settlements in the Palestinian territories, notably in the Arab East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want to establish as the capital of their future state but that Israel considers part of its “indivisible” capital.

All Israeli settlements on Palestinian land beyond the so-called 1949 Green Line are considered illegal under international law.

“Settlements are being maintained and developed through a system of total segregation between the settlers and the rest of the population” in the territories, the report found, adding that Israeli military and police helped maintain the segregation “to the detriment of the rights of the Palestinian people.”

The report authors were not permitted to travel to Israel or the Palestinian territories for their mission but instead relied on a wide range of interviews.

Through these interviews, Jahangir said the experts, who she stressed were “neutral,” had seen agony.

The report pointed out that since the 1967 Six Day War that saw Israel capture the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem, some 250 settlements had been built in the latter two and today are home to an estimated 520,000 settlers.

The settlements are “leading to a creeping annexation that prevents the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian State,” the report found.

Agence France-Presse

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