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UN Panel: Israeli Settlements Are Illegal

The United Nations' first report on Israel's overall settlement policy describes it as a "creeping annexation" of territory that clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and calls for Israel to immediately stop further such construction.

The Palestinians also hinted that they could use the report as a basis for legal action toward a war crimes prosecution.

by Anonymousreply 2202/01/2013

 

by Anonymousreply 102/01/2013

Give Palestine their land back.

by Anonymousreply 202/01/2013

The settlements are illegal, and a transparent attempt to create facts on the ground for either 1) future land concessions from the Palestinians; or 2) a huge fat settlement from the US taxpayer.

by Anonymousreply 302/01/2013

"their land" my ass r2.

by Anonymousreply 402/01/2013

We declare WAR on the United Nations.

by Anonymousreply 502/01/2013

Actually it is, R4.

by Anonymousreply 602/01/2013

Of course they are illegal.

But we're not allowed to say that in America.

by Anonymousreply 802/01/2013

This is a statement of fact.

Settling on occupied territory has been unlawful since the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

Israel is a party to that convention.

by Anonymousreply 902/01/2013

R7 is why Americans are considered idiots. Genuine idiots.

by Anonymousreply 1002/01/2013

No, it's not, r6. And it doesn't matter how many times you say it. World history has always been a story of conquest and migration. Picking out an arbitray time and declaring that whoever lived there at that moment should have the land permanently for descendants, is ludicrous.

by Anonymousreply 1102/01/2013

"Nope, sorry, but there's no such thing as "Palestine." "

In other words it is a defense to depriving people of their identity on the ground that they have always been deprived of their identity because they have always been governed by imperial powers.

Is that what you are saying?

Because if it is, you are saying something morally abhorrent.

by Anonymousreply 1202/01/2013

The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!

by Anonymousreply 1302/01/2013

R11 = Bibi

by Anonymousreply 1402/01/2013

R10, not even the right continent, honey, so please keep your prejudices for yourself.

by Anonymousreply 1502/01/2013

Why not just round up all the Palestinians, give each of them $100,000 and deport them to one of those backward fundie middle eastern countries that is always bitching about this issue and be rid of this problem once and for all?

by Anonymousreply 1602/01/2013

[quote] [R11] = Bibi

You mean r11 is correct.

by Anonymousreply 1702/01/2013

Hardly!

by Anonymousreply 1802/01/2013

"World history has always been a story of conquest and migration. Picking out an arbitrary time and declaring that whoever lived there at that moment should have the land permanently for descendants, is ludicrous."

It's not an arbitrary timeline. 1967 happened after 1949. In 1949 the nations of the world met in Geneva agreed that it was unlawful for occupying powers to settle on their occupied territories.

That is international law. A pact discussed and codified. There is nothing arbitrary or ludicrous about it.

And, rather than being ludicrous, it is both sensible and right to agree that conquest and genocide are evil.

by Anonymousreply 1902/01/2013

What's fascinating is that it is much easier to be critical of Israeli policies in Israel, where one can oppose the settling of occupied territories without being accused of being anti-Semitic, than it is to do so in the U.S..

by Anonymousreply 2002/01/2013

[quote]"World history has always been a story of conquest and migration. Picking out an arbitrary time and declaring that whoever lived there at that moment should have the land permanently for descendants, is ludicrous."

Except when they are defending their own land grab, or that of their underpaid Mexicans.

by Anonymousreply 2102/01/2013

How do the Palestinians expect to create a free and independent functioning democracy with Hamas in control of Gaza? Israel isn't the Palestinians only problem.

by Anonymousreply 2202/01/2013
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