Skip to comments.UNHRC set to debate West Bank settlement report
Posted on 03/17/2013 9:57:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The United Nations Human Rights Council will on Monday debate a report by its fact-finding mission on West Bank settlements, which concluded that Israel could be culpable for building over the pre-1967 lines before the International Criminal Court, if the Palestinians become party to the Rome Statute. The report was first published in January, but the debate on the document takes place during the councils 22nd session from February 25 to March 22.
On the same day, the council will also debate two other reports and six resolutions on Israeli actions in areas over the pre-1967 lines: East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank. It includes a report and a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, which it captured in 1967 during the Six Day War and annexed in 1981.
Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the Geneva-based non-governmental organization UN Watch, said that the fact-finding mission was a sham.
Despite claims to objectivity, the resolution creating the inquiry had determined the verdict from the start, declaring that settlements constituted very serious violations of Palestinians human rights. Fact finding was only to support this foregone conclusion, he said. The report is maliciously one-sided and its conclusions extreme. Its narrative omits any reference to terrorism from Palestinian areas, making Israeli security measures appear malevolent. UN Watchs submission on highly relevant West Bank social, economic and security mattersquoting UN and World Bank reportswas completely ignored.
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