West Bank marches in solidarity with prisoners and Bab Shams village


“Settling” by Israel constitutes a WARCRIME according to International Law and the ICC statute. Even under US’ own military legislation’ it is forbidden.

A Reminder to all that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 13:1 states: 

“Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state”

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[ PIC 19/01/2013 - 10:10 AM ]

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RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The West Bank’s weekly anti-settlement and apartheid wall marches were launched on Friday in solidarity with the prisoners and the village of Bab Shams.

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked the participants in the march of the town of Ma’sara which started after Friday prayers.

The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags, photos of hunger striking prisoners and banners condemning the occupation, its crimes against the Palestinians people and their properties and its practices against Bab Shams village.

The marchers roamed the streets of the village and arrived near the apartheid wall, where dozens of Israeli soldiers assaulted some of them. The soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at the demonstrators, causing breathing problems among dozens of them.

Other clashes erupted at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of al-Khalil, on Friday afternoon, the activist Mohamed Awad from Beit Ummar told the PIC.

He added that the soldiers fired metal bullets and tear gas grenades towards boys and young men who responded by throwing stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. The confrontations resulted in cases of suffocation among the youths.

Clashes also broke out on Friday afternoon between the residents of the village of Budrus, west of Ramallah, and IOF troops after the suppression of a procession in memory of martyr Samir Awad, who had been killed by Israeli bullets few days ago in the village.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC that hundreds of citizens participated in the march of Burdus and raised the Palestinian factions’ flags.

They added that the IOF soldiers fired tear gas grenades and bullets towards the citizens which resulted in breathing difficulty among many participants.

Israeli occupation forces have also quelled the peaceful weekly march in the village of Bil’in, as they fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas grenades and stun grenades towards the villagers and the foreign peace activists, who participated in the march, which caused dozens of them to suffer breathing difficulty.

The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and photos of martyr Samir Awad. They marched in the village’s streets, chanting slogans calling for national unity and stressing the need for adhering to the Palestinian constants, resisting the occupation and releasing all prisoners.
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PHOTOGRAPHY

Jan 18, 2013 Protest in Al Ma'Sara (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Protest in Al Ma’Sara (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly protest in Ni'lin (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly protest in Ni’lin (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly protest in Kufr Qaddum (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly protest in Kufr Qaddum (Click to see full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly Protest in Bilin (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly Protest in Bil’in against occupation and the wall (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | The construction of a new protest village Karamah (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | The construction of a new protest village Karamah (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Protest in Budrus against the killing of a child (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Protest in Budrus against the killing of a child (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly protest in Nabi Saleh against occupation (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Weekly protest in Nabi Saleh against occupation (Click to see the full album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Protest in Jenin in solidarity with hunger strikers & prisoners (Click to see album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Protest in Jenin in solidarity with hunger strikers & prisoners (Click to see album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Christian Protest against the wall in Beit Jala (Click to see the album by ICAI2)

Jan 18, 2013 | Christian Protest against the wall in Beit Jala (Click to see the album by ICAI2)



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LAW

“States may not deport or transfer parts of their own civilian population into a territory they occupy.”

Summary

State practice establishes this rule as a norm of customary international law applicable in international armed conflicts.
International armed conflicts

The prohibition on deporting or transferring parts of a State’s own civilian population into the territory it occupies is set forth in the Fourth Geneva Convention.[1]

It is a grave breach of Additional Protocol I.[2]

Under the Statute of the International Criminal Court, “the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies” constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts.[3]

Many military manuals prohibit the deportation or transfer by a party to the conflict of parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies.[4]

This rule is included in the legislation of numerous States.[5]

Official statements and reported practice also support the prohibition on transferring one’s own civilian population into occupied territory.[6]

Attempts to alter the demographic composition of an occupied territory have been condemned by the UN Security Council.[7]

In 1992, it called for the cessation of attempts to change the ethnic composition of the population, anywhere in the former Yugoslavia.[8]

Similarly, the UN General Assembly and UN Commission on Human Rights have condemned settlement practices.[9]

According to the final report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Dimensions of Population Transfer, including the Implantation of Settlers and Settlements, “the implantation of settlers” is unlawful and engages State responsibility and the criminal responsibility of individuals.[10]

In 1981, the 24th International Conference of the Red Cross reaffirmed that “settlements in occupied territory are incompatible with article 27 and 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention”.[11]

In the Case of the Major War Criminals in 1946, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg found two of the accused guilty of attempting the “Germanization” of occupied territories.[12]

References

[1] Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, sixth paragraph (cited in Vol. II, Ch. 38, § 334).

[2] Additional Protocol I, Article 85(4)(a) (adopted by consensus) (ibid., § 335).

[3] ICC Statute, Article 8(2)(b)(viii) (ibid., § 336).

[4] See, e.g., the military manuals of Argentina (ibid., §§ 346–347), Australia (ibid., § 348), Canada (ibid., § 349), Croatia (ibid., § 350), Hungary (ibid., § 351), Italy (ibid., § 352), Netherlands (ibid., § 353), New Zealand (ibid., § 354), Spain (ibid., § 355), Sweden (ibid., § 357), Switzerland (ibid., § 357), United Kingdom (ibid., § 358) and United States (ibid., § 359).

[5] See, e.g., the legislation of Armenia (ibid., § 361), Australia (ibid., §§ 362–363), Azerbaijan (ibid., §§ 364–365), Bangladesh (ibid., § 366), Belarus (ibid., § 367), Belgium (ibid., § 368), Bosnia and Herzegovina (ibid., § 369), Canada (ibid., §§ 371–372), Congo (ibid., § 373), Cook Islands (ibid., § 374), Croatia (ibid., § 375), Cyprus (ibid., § 376), Czech Republic (ibid., § 377), Germany (ibid., § 379), Georgia (ibid., § 380), Ireland (ibid., § 381), Mali (ibid., § 384), Republic of Moldova (ibid., § 385), Netherlands (ibid., § 386), New Zealand (ibid., §§ 387–388), Niger (ibid., § 390), Norway (ibid., § 391), Slovakia (ibid., § 392), Slovenia (ibid., § 393), Spain (ibid., § 394), Tajikistan (ibid., § 395), United Kingdom (ibid., §§ 397–398), Yugoslavia (ibid., § 399) and Zimbabwe (ibid., § 400); see also the draft legislation of Argentina (ibid., § 360), Burundi (ibid., § 370), Jordan (ibid., § 382), Lebanon (ibid., § 383) and Trinidad and Tobago (ibid., § 396).

[6] See, e.g., the statements of Kuwait (ibid., § 405) and United States (ibid., §§ 406–407) and the reported practice of Egypt (ibid., § 402) and France (ibid., § 403).

[7] See, e.g., UN Security Council, Res. 446 , 452 and 476 (ibid., § 408), Res. 465 (ibid., § 409) and Res. 677 (ibid., § 410).

[8] UN Security Council, Res. 752 (ibid., § 411).

[9] See, e.g., UN General Assembly, Res. 36/147 C, 37/88 C, 38/79 D, 39/95 D and 40/161 D (ibid., § 412) and Res. 54/78 (ibid., § 405); UN Commission on Human Rights, Res. 2001/7 (ibid., § 413).

[10] UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights, Final report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Dimensions of Population Transfer, including the Implantation of Settlers and Settlements (ibid., § 415).

[11] 24th International Conference of the Red Cross, Res. III (ibid., § 419).

[12] International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Case of the Major War Criminals, Judgement (ibid., § 421).


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