World Court urged to assess legal status of Israeli occupation of Palestine

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Richard Falk

The International Court of Justice has been urged to assess the legal status of the prolonged Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The call was made on Friday by Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.

He said the World Court should also look into allegations that the Israeli occupation of Palestine has "legally unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing".

Mr. Falk said during his six year tenure as a Special Rapporteur the situation on the ground has worsened for the Palestinians.

"There were more settlements, the change in the demographic makeup of Jerusalem, the persistence of collective punishment of the people of Gaza, continuation of house demolitions, excessive force by Israel, all of these features that are objectionable from the point of view of international law have continued and intensified during my six years." (31")

Mr. Falk is scheduled to present his last report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on 24 March.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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