Pillay demands Israel to end its settlement activities in O. Palestinian lands

[ 15/02/2011 – 11:01 AM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay demanded the Israeli government to halt its settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian lands and to refrain from issuing decisions that serve its ethnic cleansing policy against the Palestinians.

Pillay, in a statement after concluding a visit to the occupied territories on Monday, stressed that Israel’s seizure of Palestinian real estate and property throughout the occupied lands including east Jerusalem is illegal and against the UN security council’s resolutions.

She also emphasized that all Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied lands are explicitly prohibited under international law and all the measures it follows to retain settlements are illegal and must be ended.

The UN official noted that Israel’s attempts to annex east Jerusalem are contrary to international law and called for stopping to make laws or issue decisions in order to force Palestinians directly and indirectly to leave their homes in this part of the holy city, including the acts of eviction, demolition, forced migration and revoking residence permits.

The official underlined that Israel’s segregation wall, regardless of the fact that its construction is illegal, also destroys the social, economic and cultural rights of thousands of Palestinians.

She explained that this wall cuts off Palestinian natives from their surrounding, source of livelihood, schools, health centers and many services, and make them vulnerable to attacks by settlers who deal violently and physically abuse them.

Pillay finally highlighted that the absence of accountability by the international community which does not take action against such violations is also considered a violation of human rights.

Pillay demands Israel to end its settlement activities in O. Palestinian lands.

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