UN Special Rapporteur: ‘Israeli settlements are a war crime’
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Geneva: 12 July 2021
Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, confirmed that his research on whether Israeli settlements violate human rights law concluded that these settlements amount to a war crime.
What is happening creates demographic facts to consolidate the Israeli presence:
The comments came during an interactive dialogue conducted by the Human Rights Council, in which Lynk expressed his regret that Israel did not take any steps to engage in his mandate, and did not allow him to enter the occupied Palestinian territories.
The UN rapporteur also recently addressed the human rights situation in Palestine, saying, “The Israeli settler communities in East Jerusalem sought to expel Palestinian families from their homes, and that under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the forcible transfer of the protected population was prohibited, and the occupying power was prevented from applying its own laws. on the occupied territories.
Lynk pointed out that creating demographic facts on the ground to consolidate permanent existence, consolidate foreign political control, and illegitimate claim to sovereignty, trampled on the basic principles of modern international humanitarian law and human rights law.
The UN rapporteur called on the international community to fully support the work of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as to draw up a list of accountability measures that would apply to Israel if it continued to defy international law, including reviewing trade, investment and cultural agreements, and ending arms sales with Israel.
What is happening is exposing the double international standards:
The State of Palestine, as a concerned country, said that the silence of some countries on this agenda item has “disqualified them” from talking about any further violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law anywhere in the world.
Palestine added that this method exposed double standards and encouraged the occupying power to continue its daily violations.
On the international response to the Israeli colonial settlement, the representative of Palestine stressed that the international community must take the necessary measures to punish this colonial regime, hold it accountable, isolate it, boycott its products, impose economic and political sanctions, and refuse to deal with any Israeli government that has entrenched apartheid.