UN Palestinian rights committee concerned over Israeli settlement

UN Palestinian rights committee concerned over Israeli settlement

25-02-2012,09:15 Ezzedeen Al-Qassam
Al Qassam website – Agencies – A United Nations committee on Palestinian rights on Friday voiced alarm at the recent decision of Israeli authorities to build more than 500 new homes in a settlement inside the occupied Palestinian territory.

The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People issued a statement criticizing the decision to construct the homes in the Shilo settlement on the West Bank and a separate attempt to retroactively “legalize” some 200 settlement units built earlier without permit.

“The committee notes with concern that the move is described by the Israeli settlement watchdog organization Peace Now as the ‘biggest construction plan to date’ under the current Israeli Government,” the statement said.

“By this decision, Israel continues to ignore calls by the international community for halting its illegal settlement activity”.

Friday’s statement echoes the concerns expressed on Wednesday by Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, who called the Shilo announcement “deplorable.”

The statement also said that “the retroactive ‘legalization’ of settler units is being carried out at the same time as Israel accelerates the pace of the demolition of Palestinian homes allegedly built without permits in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.

“The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that, in 2011, some 622 homes and livelihood structures belonging to Palestinian families were destroyed, forcibly displacing almost 1,100 people, over half of them children.

“This constitutes yet another breach by Israel of its obligation as the occupying power to protect the civilian population under its control in addition to violating the right to property, to adequate housing and to livelihoods of the Palestinian families affected by such illegal policies.”

The committee stressed that settlement activity is illegal under international law, as well as an impediment to peace in the region.

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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