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Published:December 18th, 2012 15:25 EST
Israel's West Bank Settlements Breach Article 49 of the Geneva Conventions

Israel's West Bank Settlements Breach Article 49 of the Geneva Conventions

By SOP newswire2

 

Any final settlement proposals need to include the repatriation of all illegal settlers back to Israel. The West Bank and East Jerusalem are (occupied) Palestinian lands. There can be no "land swaps" to accommodate such colonial communities. These settlements are in breach of internationally agreed law under Article 49 of the Geneva Conventions (1949) which was originally drafted to pre-empt similar attempts to that of the German Nazi party to colonize areas of occupied Europe during World War 2.


The Israeli government knows full well that these colonial communities have to be dismantled in their entirety if there is to be peace and a fully independent Palestinian state.

So called "facts on the ground" are illegalities that must be reversed. Only then can a just peace be negotiated. Until that time there should be no further bilateral trade with European markets.

International law and UN agreed conventions need to be upheld in the name of democracy, freedom and justice. The very foundations of the European Union are based on these laws and it is a travesty of justice that it still allows bilateral trade with a non-member state that is so clearly in breach of the provisions of its own EU Association Agreement.

 

By Douglas Reed