Israel must be compelled to stop confiscation of Palestinian land
The international community needs to take urgent action to stop Israel from confiscating and occupying Palestinian lands.
On the 63rd anniversary of Nakba, that’s the message from the United Nations independent expert on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Julia Paul reports.
Nakba marks the start of the confiscation of Palestinian lands, on 15 May 1948, during the creation of the state of Israel.
Richard Falk, the independent expert on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, says since that day, Israel has continued to confiscate Palestinian land to build what he calls illegal settlements and populate them with Israeli citizens.
He said that the construction of the Wall inside the West Bank, has meant the seizure of another 12% of land, and the demolition of Palestinian homes.
And he says Nakba is continuing – with seven Palestinian families in the West Bank village of al-Walaja receiving demolition orders, just this week.
Mr. Falk is calling on the international community to take urgent action to persuade Israel to end its confiscation and occupation of Palestinian land.
Julia Paul, United Nations.