Israel's West Bank Settlements Violate International Law
By Amnesty International
December 06, 2012 "Information Clearing House" - The Israeli government’s announcement that it is to expand settlements in the West Bank in response to the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood violates human rights and international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said today.
Israel said on Friday that it had authorised an additional 3,000 housing units to build or expand settlements in unidentified locations in the occupied West Bank. The announcement came a day after Palestine was recognised as a non-member observer state of the UN by a vote at the UN General Assembly in New York.
Israel has previously announced new plans for settlement expansion in reaction to Palestinian diplomatic initiatives at the UN. On 3 November 2011, following Palestine’s admission into United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organisation UNESCO, the Israeli government announced that around 2,000 new homes would be built in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank settlements of Efrat and Ma’ale Adumim. Twelve days later the Ministry of Housing published tenders for 2,230 new housing units beyond the Green Line (the 1949 Armistice Line).
Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Ann Harrison said:
"This announcement sends a strong signal to the world that the current Israeli government has no respect for human rights and international law.
“Building settlements violates the rights of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and is prohibited in all circumstances.