Foreign Office explains
The Department for Foreign Affairs has responded to a “please explain” call by J-Wire regarding a statement made at the Lakemba mosque by Foreign Minister Bob Carr that all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are illegal under international law and should cease.
A spokesman for Senator Carr told J-Wire: “I have been advised that ‘Israeli settlement activity is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention (to which Israel is a party)
The applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Occupied Palestinian Territory is widely accepted
For example, the annual GA resolution on the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied territories, was adopted at UNGA67 on 15 November 2012 by 164 in favour; six against; four abstentions.
Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention (on the protection of civilians in time of war) provides that “the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”.
In its 2004 Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall on Occupied Palestinian Territories, the ICJ unanimously concluded that the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (including East Jerusalem) had been established in breach of international law.
The Security Council has also, over time, described Israeli settlement activity as having “no legal validity’”.
J-Wire contacted the The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Zionist Federation of Australia and The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council for comments when the comments were made.
Only AIJAC responded.