UN Calls on Israel to Stop Settlements’ Expansion in West Bank

RAMALLAH, January 31, 2013 (WAFA) – The United Nations human rights investigators Thursday called on Israel to stop the progress of settlement expansion and withdraw all Jewish settlers from the West Bank, said media sources.

The report which was deemed as “harsh” by some, condemned the Israeli practices in the West Bank and the ongoing settlement activities that are effecting the lives of Palestinians saying they violate international law.

The UN’s Inquiry’s report, published in Geneva, said, ‘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 Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

The report was the fruit of 50 interviews with Palestinians who testified about the gigantic effect the settlement activities and settlers had on their lives including land confiscation, regular attacks by the settlers and damage to property.

The report said the existence of such settlements leads to the violation of the rights of a large number of Palestinians in many different ways.

Source: WAFA News