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Israel's Lawless Settlement Project

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The measure also called for Israel to disarm settlers and enforce criminal sanctions to protect Palestinians and their property. A three-member team will be named at a later date.

HRC is "charged with evaluating the effects of Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian human rights in the West Bank and East Jerusalem."

The text of its decision states:

It will "dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem."

The decision also called on Israel "not to obstruct the process of investigation and to cooperate fully with the mission."

Netanyahu called the HRC a "hypocritical council with an automatic majority against Israel."

Israel's Geneva ambassador, Aharon Leshno-Yaar, said "I am still stunned by the hypocrisy of the Human Rights Council. This council itself is adding fuel to the fire and fanning the flames which it should be trying to put out. Today will not be remembered as a great day for this council."

Israel's Foreign Ministry said:

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"The Palestinians must understand that they can't have it both ways: they can't enjoy cooperation with Israel and at the same time initiate political clashes in international forums. Had the Palestinians wanted to solve the settlements issue, they would resume without delay a direct and unconditional negotiation on all core issues within the framework of a comprehensive agreement."

Palestinian UN ambassador Ibrahim Khraishisaid said "when we see that Israel hasn't stopped taking over our lands, we must act. If this situation continues, how will we be able to apply a two-state solution? The occupying power is violating international land....one day there will even be limits on the air that we breathe."

Syria's ambassador called settlement construction "piracy."

Washington called the decision "one-sided and biased."

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For 45 years and counting, Israel occupied Palestine lawlessly. It dominates by state terror. Palestinians have no rights. Oppression is official policy. So is stealing all valued land and resources.

So far, it's gotten away with it. Investigations won't help, but if thoroughly pursued with follow-through it's a good start perhaps.

As expected, Israel responded provocatively by severing ties with the HRC. According to Haaretz on March 27, ambassador Leshno-Yaar hadn't yet gotten instructions on how to proceed. 

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