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Other reports described expropriated areas as idyllic "neighborhood(s)," hilltop "communit(ies)," pious Jews there "focus(ing) on their religious studies and pay(ing) little attention to the outside world." Their large families require settlement expansions to accommodate them, so Palestinians have to go, no matter that they and their ancestors lived there for centuries.
Yet Israelis say East Jerusalem's 250,000 Palestinians have no historic claim to the city they "want" for their "future state" and "aspire" to be their capital - mindless that it already is and that no government, including America, recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital or has an embassy there.
The November 1947 UN Partition Plan (Resolution 181) designated Jerusalem an international city under a UN Trusteeship Council, still binding today. The 1949 UN Resolution 273 gave Israel UN membership conditional on its implementing Resolutions 181 and 194 (December 1948) granting Palestinians their universally accepted "Right of Return - topics NPR never explains.
Though rarely discussed or reported, world governments and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) consider East Jerusalem occupied. Even the ICRC says so, calling Israeli actions there "illegal" under international law, specifically the 1907 Hague Regulations and Fourth Geneva's Article 49 stating:
"Individual or mass transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of the motive." Neither shall "The Occupying Power....deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies."
In addition, numerous UN resolutions established "no legal validity" for occupied land acquisitions or settlement building. When violations occur, no nation may recognize or support them or the responsible state.
Further, the 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples condemned "colonialism in all its forms and manifestations," including settlements deemed to be illegal.
International laws are clear and unequivocal. NPR never reports or explains them - that:
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