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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:34 PM
* The illegality of the barrier under international human rights law. In this context, the court stated unequivocally, and contrary to the position held by Israel, that international human rights law applies in its entirety in occupied territory, along with humanitarian law. The court ruled that the separation barrier violates rights set forth in conventions to which Israel is party. The court mentioned the rights to freedom of movement and the right against invasion of privacy of home and family, which are enshrined in Articles 12 and 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the right to work, to an adequate standard of liv-ing, health, and education, which are enshrined in Articles 6, 11, 12, and 13 of the Inter
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:34 PM
* That the separation barrier is intended to assist the settlements, the establishment of which violates Article 49 of the Convention. Also, the court pointed out that the restrictions placed on the local population located between the barrier and the Green Line are liable to lead to abandonment of the land, which also constitutes a violation of Article 49. In addition, the opinion stated that taking control of private land to build the barrier injured private property owners, and thus violated Articles 46 and 52 of the Hague Regulations of 1907 and of Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:33 PM
Furthermore, I would like to refer you to specific serious concerns raised by the International Court of Justice (2004) - with relevance to the ‘security barrier’ - which was viewed with alarm by the international community. Incidentally the reference to the illegality of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem was also reinforced when the International Court of Justice also found the following (indeed the EU supported the UN vote pertaining to the ‘security barrier’):
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:33 PM
24th April 2012 – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “I strongly condemn the Israeli government’s decision yesterday to turn three illegal outposts in the West Bank into settlements. I urged the Israeli government in my statement on 5 April to remove - not legalise - outposts across the West Bank”.
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:33 PM
*** Resolution 672 (1990) - BINDING Adopted by the Security Council at its 2948th meeting 12 October 1990 The Security Council, Recalling its resolutions 476 (1980) and 478 (1980), Reaffirming that a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict must be based on its resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) through an active negotiating process which takes into account the right to security for all States in the region, including Israel, as well as the legitimate political rights of the Palestine people; Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is applicable to all the territories occupied by Israel since 1967;
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:31 PM
*** Resolution 694 (1991) - BINDING Adopted by the Security Council at its 2989th meeting on 24 May 1991 The Security Council, Reaffirming its resolution 681 (1990), Having learned with deep concern and consternation that Israel has, in violation of its obliga-tions under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and acting in opposition to relevant Security Council resolutions, and to the detriment of efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, deported four Palestinian civilians on 18 May 1991, Declares that the action of the Israeli authorities of deporting four Palestinians on 18 May is in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which is applicable to all the Palestinian territories...
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:30 PM
Palestine is still illegally held and sadly Israel has ignored the ruling of the International Court of Justice (subsequently supported by the UN and EU) with respect to the "separation barrier". This "wall" is 3 times the length of the Berlin Wall. UNESCO’s recognition of Palestine last year was supported by France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Norway, Greece and other European nations. Please also see UNSC Resolution 478 concerning Jerusalem. The 4th Geneva Convention is applicable to all the Palestinian Territories. International law and UN Resolutions (over which there are over 150) are ignored by Israel.
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:30 PM
*** UN Security Council Resolution 478 of 20 August 1980 - BINDING The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible; deeply concerned over the enactment of a "basic law" in the Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the UN, to secure the full implementation of its resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance. http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/DDE590C6FF232007852560DF0065FDDB
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aaloy Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:27 PM
Dear Mallory Carr, May I respectfully draw your attention to the following please. * The UN view of the Palestinian Territories can be seen at the following URL: http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/OCHA_IsrSettlementPolicies.pdf. The West Bank and East Jerusalem is occupied Palestine (bilaterally recognised by 132 nations in the world including India, China, Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Iceland). Palestine is still illegally held and sadly Israel has ignored the ruling of the International Court of Justice (subsequently supported by the UN and EU) with respect to the "separation barrier". * Palestine is a STATE (138 nations supported her). The VATICAN CHURCH and UN Secretary General welcomed Palestine.
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