International Justice

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Israel announces more settlements in Palestine

In November 2012, the UN General Assembly voted on Palestine being a non-member observer state. Following that (on Friday, November 30), Israel said that it had authorized another 3000 housing units in the occupied West Bank. This was the day after Palestine was recognized by the UN as a non-member observer state.

On Monday, December 3, Amnesty International said that settlement construction was violating human rights and international law.

Ann Harrison (Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Programme Director) said concerning the announcement from Israel: ” This announcement sends a strong signal to the world that the current Israeli government has no respect for human rights and international law. Building settlements violates the rights of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and is prohibited in all circumstances.”

The settlements would be built on Palestinian land, but they are for Jews only. Israeli authorities did not consult the Bedouin communities, and most of the houses in the communities that are to be settled (by Israelis) have demolition orders. Residents have already said that settlers have been attacking/harassing the villagers.


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