Settlers urged not to take over Hebron buildingListen /
Settlers in Israel should not take over a building in Hebron, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur.
Richard Falk, who deals with human rights issues in the Palestinian territories, warned it would probably lead to more movement restrictions for Palestinians, and more harassment of Palestinian residents by settlers.
Al-Rajabi House, a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, is located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the old city of Hebron.
Mr. Falk said three settler families have already moved into the building.
He added that Hebron embodies all the worst features of apartheid, colonialism and oppression that are to be found throughout Occupied Palestine.
He described the city as divided with barbed wires and apartheid roads where settlers and Palestinians are kept apart despite living within metres of each other.
The Special Rapporteur urged Israel to take steps to comply with international law and ensure that tensions do not get out of control.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.