U.N. Human Rights Commissioner reports that Jews living in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem constitutes ‘war crime’

March 12, 2018 by JNS
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According to a report issued by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the growth of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem constitutes a war crime.

“The establishment and expansion of settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territory by Israel, including the legal and administrative measures that it has taken to provide socioeconomic incentives, security, infrastructure and social services to citizens of Israel residing in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, amount to the transfer by Israel of its population into the occupied Palestinian Territory,” Al-Hussein said. “The transfer of the population by an occupying State into an occupied territory is a grave breach of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and therefore a war crime.”

The report is one of five charging Israel of human rights abuses that will be presented to the council on March 19.  The Human Rights Council has been criticized for issuing a significantly disproportionate number of reports against Israel.  Syria and Iran by contrast only have single reports issued against them.

Al-Hussein, a member of the Jordanian royal family, is the first Muslim to hold the position of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.


One Response to “U.N. Human Rights Commissioner reports that Jews living in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem constitutes ‘war crime’”
  1. david singer says:

    The UN High Commissioner is simply peddling a lie.

    Jews have the legal right to close settlement in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem under article 6 of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine as preserved by article 80 of the UN Charter.

    No wonder the UN and the Human Rights Council have become laughing jokes.

    He would do better concentrating on the millions of displaced Syrian refugees and the current slaughter occurring in Syria under his nose – as his Council and an ineffective Security Council looks on helplessly.

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