UN expert suggests Israel cease expansion of settlements

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Richard Falk

If current diplomacy fails to produce a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the General Assembly should request an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice as to the legal consequences of the prolonged occupation of Palestine.

That's one of several recommendations that Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories since 1967, presented to the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee.

Mr. Falk also suggested "that Israel ceases the creation and expansion of settlements, return Israeli settlers to the Israeli side of the Green Line and provide reparations to Palestinians who have suffered damage from settlement related activities since 1967."

“That Israel informs its national franchises and subsidiaries of global companies of their corporate responsibilities and potential liability in overseas domestic courts for corporate complicity in violations of international law. That Israel immediately ends its unlawful discriminatory policies and practices which deny Palestinians their rightful share of water resources in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. “

Other recommendations from the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian territories since 1967 called for all companies with relations to settlements comparable to those used in his present report review their arrangements to ensure respect for international law and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’28″

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