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الأحد، 2 مارس، 2014

Richard Falk's final report recommends ban on imports of produce from Israeli settlements

The UN Special Rapporteur also recommends UN member states to consider imposing a ban on imports of produce from Israeli settlements.

Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories / Photo: UNIFEED

"Through prolonged occupation, with practices and policies which appear to constitute apartheid and segregation, ongoing expansion of settlements, and continual construction of the wall arguably amounting to de facto annexation of parts of the occupied Palestinian territory, the denial by Israel of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people is evident," writes Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.
In the 22-page final report to the UN Human Rights Council, Falk, who has served six years in the independent post, has said Palestinian rights are being violated by Israel’s prolonged occupation of Palestinian territory and ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem.
In East Jerusalem the "revocation of residency permits" and "forced evictions of Palestinian families," as well as targeted demolition of Palestinian homes, amounts to a "gradual and bureaucratic process of ethnic cleansing," Falk writes.
He goes on to say that Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip appear to amount to apartheid due to its systematic oppression of the Palestinian people and de facto expropriation of their land.
Falk, who will present his report to the UN Human Rights Council next month, demands that the World Court examine whether Israel is guilty of international crimes of apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and urges the UN to investigate corporations that profit from unlawful Israeli activities.
The UN Special Rapporteur also recommends UN member states to consider imposing a ban on imports of produce from Israeli settlements.

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