IGOHR Condemns Israel’s Settlement Policies and Says it’s against International Laws

IGOHR Condemns Israel’s Settlement Policies and Says it’s against International Laws 08 February 2017

The International Gulf Organization for Human Rights (IGOHR) strongly condemns Israel’s decision to build Jewish settlement units in occupied Palestinian territories while it is deeply concerned about Israel’s settlement regulation law, which allows the construction of thousands of settlement homes on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. IGOHR views Israel’s action as offensive and against international human rights laws as well as a means to stall the ongoing efforts to relaunch the peace process between the two States which may see a possible formation of a Palestinian State.

Israeli parliament recently approved a statutory law that gives retroactive legal authority for the seizure of Palestinian land on the West Bank for the construction of some 1,162 Israeli settlement houses. IGOHR considers this new Israeli Settlement law as an impediment to the international efforts to reestablish the peace process and dialogue which is a safeguard to the two-state solution. IGOHR is likewise concerned about the negative consequences that the Israeli’s settlement move may bring on reaching a long-term and sustainable Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

The International Gulf Organization for Human Rights firmly denounces these settlement plans and regards the Israeli Settlement law as a blatant violation of international humanitarian laws and also a total disregard for the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334. According to the 1907 Hague Regulations and the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as in certain provisions of Additional Protocol I and customary international humanitarian law; the occupying power (in this case Israel) does not acquire sovereignty over the territory and as such has no right to confiscate the private property of the occupant. With regards to this and other international treaties, the UN Security Council (UNSC) issued Resolution 2334 which called on Israel to cease with immediate effect and completely all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

IGOHR views all these Israeli settlement projects in the West Bank and East Jerusalem –  over 7,250 settlement houses have been approved since January 2017 – as illegal under intentional human rights and international humanitarian laws that govern occupied territories as well as a deprivation of their rights to justice as well as an established independent state. Palestinians need these territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem along with the Gaza Strip for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.

IGOHR therefore calls on Israel to immediately revoke its settlement plans and annul completely the settlement laws legalizing the construction of units on Palestinian territories. The organization strongly urges Israel to respect is obligations under international humanitarian laws and the UNSC Resolution 2334 and refrain from carrying on any activities that may cause provocations or hinder the peace process between both states. IGOHR also calls on the international community and the UN to denounce the inhumane policies adopted by the Israeli authorities in Jerusalem especially those related to imposing strict constraints against Palestinians, while violating their rights and freedom. IGOHR equally calls on all parties not to make unilateral moves which could have a negative effect and prolong or prevent the relaunching of the peace process.