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March 12, 2018 12:27 pm

UN Commissioner Says Jews in West Bank, Eastern Jerusalem a ‘War Crime’

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Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights. Photo: File. – According to a report issued by UN 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,” said Al-Hussein. “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. By contrast, Syria and Iran 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 UN high commissioner for human rights.

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  • Euripedes_Smythe

    UN as an upstanding, moral institution went down the tubes when Dag Hammarskjold died in the early ’60s.

  • graylens

    What he really means is that letting Jews live is a crime. This is a call to exterminate Jews. Meanwhile where is he to protest the murder of 500,000 in syria by various muslim armies and militias? I don’t see Jordan opening its gates to massive immigration of syrian refugees.