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Joint Written Statement to the UN Human Rights Council 18th Regular Session

25-08-2011 00:00

Israeli Settler Expansion and Implantation Amounts to Forced Population Transfer Since 1967, Israel as Occupying Power, has systematically violated its obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law in the OPT by establishing a regime of apartheid[1] and implementing a policy of population transfer.
With the intention and result of de jure and de facto permanent requisition and annexation of occupied Palestinian land, all Israeli governments, in conjunction with the World Zionist Organization, have developed and implemented plans for the implantation of Jewish settlers and the integration of large sections of the OPT into Israeli state territory.
  This regime and policy have caused massive dispossession and displacement amongst the occupied Palestinian population and have prevented the exercise of the right to self-determination, independence and sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the OPT.

[1] Apartheid is defined and constitutes an international crime under the 1976 Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid and the 2002 Rome Statute of the ICC.

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