Human Rights Council to probe expansion of Israeli settlements in the OPT

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Human Rights Council

United Nations Radio | July 6, 2012

The UN Human Rights Council is to investigate the implications of Israeli settlements on the rights of the Palestinian people.

The council has appointed a three member fact finding mission which will undertake the investigations in the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem.

A report presented to the council by the UN expert on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk said Israeli settlement expansion has continued to accelerate with at least 3,500 units under construction in 2011.

Mr Falk said the settlements were not only illegal under international law, but their continued expansion flagrantly violates Security Council resolutions.

President of the Human Rights Council Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre of Uruguay appealed to Israel to co-operate with the fact finding mission.

“I have decided to appoint three individuals to carry out the independent international mission of inquiry which will investigate the repercussions of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The names of these experts are Ms. Christine Chanet, of France; Ms. Unity Dow, of Botswana; and Ms. Asma Jahangir, of Pakistan. Ms. Chanet will act as the chair of his mission of inquiry. Ms. Chanet, Ms. Dow and Ms. Jahangir, are highly qualified for carrying out this important task which has been entrusted to them, by the Council. Each one of them has a long winded history and experience of impartial, objective work in the field of human rights.

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Netanyahu’s Likud on it’s website: “The Jordan River as a Permanent Border”
The Jordan Valley and the territories that dominate it shall be under Israeli sovereignty. The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan is a desirable partner in the permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians in matters that will be agreed upon.


The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.
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  • 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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