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UN Mission Condemns Israeli Settlements

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It said "facts brought to the attention of the Mission indicate that the State of Israel has had full control of the settlements in the OPT since 1967 and continues to promote and sustain them through infrastructure and security measures." 

"The Mission notes that despite all the pertinent United Nations resolutions declaring that the existence of the settlements is illegal and calling for their cessation, the planning and growth of the settlements continues both of existing as well as new structures."

It wants settlement activities halted without preconditions. It calls for "immediately initiat(ing) a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT."

It wants companies and governments to "assess the human rights impact of their activities." It wants them to "cease all connections to settlements."

It wants them to consider economic and political sanctions.

PLO member Hanan Ashrawi called the report "principled," "candid," and "incredible."

PA spokesperson Nour Adeh said it "confirms and deepens the application of international law and shows that the law applies to all, and no one is above it."

Israel's Foreign Ministry condemned the report. It called it "one-sided, biased, counterproductive and unfortunate."

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Former Foreign Minister/convicted felon Avigdor Lieberman called for severing Israeli/UN Human Rights Council relations. Israel boycotted it deliberations. It refused cooperation when asked.

Haaretz called the report the UN's "harshest condemnation of Israeli policy in the West Bank since 1967." It's the first UN report calling for economic and political sanctions.

Haaretz discussed the findings in detail. It provided a link to the full report. It deserves careful reading and discussion.

A Final Comment

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From January 21 - February 1, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held its 15th session Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group.

On January 29, Israel's assessment was scheduled. It was its first since December 2008. It failed to show up. It boycotted the session. Doing so was unprecedented.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned Israel's refusal to participate. 

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