New Road another Violation of International Law, says PLO

RAMALLAH, May 6, 2013 (WAFA) – The new road the Israeli government along with the West Jerusalem municipality have opened in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina to connect area settlements is another Israeli violation of international law, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) department said on Monday.

The Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) said in a statement that the new bypass road named Benzion Netanyahu, after the late father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is known for his extremist views and support for settlement expansion, is illegal under international law because it was built to serve the illegal settlements and settlers.

“All settlements and settlement activities, including infrastructure such as roads, are illegal under international law,” said NAD. “Israel, as an Occupying Power, may not transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies. Settlements constitute a grave breach of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention and violate the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

NAD said that the “physical and psychological impact of settlements on the Palestinian population is horrific and profound.”

It said the new bypass road aims at connecting settlements to the east and west of East Jerusalem with a highway to West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that was also build on occupied Palestinian land.

The new road was built on land belonging to the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina, “further fragmenting Palestinian areas and colonizing more Palestinian land in Occupied East Jerusalem,” said the statement.

It said the goal behind this road “is to continue strengthening settlement expansion by facilitating the life of Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian capital.”

Source: WAFA News