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Palestinians to seek full approval of report against Israeli settlement in UNHRC

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RAMALLAH, March 16 — The Palestinians will seek a unanimous endorsement of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for a report of a fact-finding mission that condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a Palestinian official said Saturday.

A Palestinian-Arab draft resolution, which called on the international community to condemn Jewish settlement in the Palestinian territories, has been distributed to the 47 state members of the Geneva-based UN rights body, in preparation for voting at a council meeting on Monday, said Ibrahim Khraishe, the Palestinian representative to the UN in Geneva.

The council will listen to the details of the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which was formed last March.

In the report which was revealed in January, the mission called on Israel to stop settlement building in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek as the capital of a future state.

The report also urged Israel to evacuate all the settlements that were built after Israel had occupied the West Bank in 1967 and to move the settlers out gradually.

Israel has boycotted the UNHRC since its decision to form the fact-finding mission, and has refused to cooperate with the investigators.

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stopped in 2010 over a dispute on the settlement activities.




  1. avatar Zack says:

    The report is a waste of paper- there are political, historical and even legal problems with it. http://jcpa.org/article/biased-prejudiced-and-unprofessional-the-un-human-rights-council-fact-finding-mission-report-on-israeli-settlements/

  2. avatar Robert Paul says:

    Your article raises several questions, among which are:
    1.Why do you refer to a group of disparate people as Palestinians?2.Why do you refer to Israeli residential areas as settlements and Palestinian areas as villages or cities?
    3.Why do you refer to the West Bank instead of Judea and Samaria?

    How did U.N. resolution #181 use the term “Palestinian”? It didn’t reference Palestine’s Arabs as “the Palestinians.” The Palestine partition resolution expressed hope for peace between “the two Palestinian peoples.”

    The U.N.’s 1947 partition resolution didn’t refer to “the West Bank,” the term the media incessantly uses, but to “the hill country of Samaria and Judea,” Hebrew-origin names linking the Jewish people to their homeland’s heartland. Despite media relegation of “Judea and Samaria” to “the biblical terms for the West Bank,” those Jewish-linked names remained in actual use, even by Turkey and Britain, through the mid-20th century.

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