GENEVA -- The United Nations' first report on the broad policy of Israeli settlements concluded Thursday that the government's practice of "creeping annexation" clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and called for an immediate halt.
In its report to the 47-nation Human Rights Council, a panel of investigators said Israel is violating international humanitarian law under the Fourth Geneva Convention, one of the treaties that establish the ground rules for what is considered humane during wartime.
The Israeli government has persisted in settling Palestinian-occupied territories, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank, "despite all the pertinent United Nations resolutions declaring that the existence of the settlements is illegal and calling for their cessation," the report said.
The settlements are "a mesh of construction and infrastructure leading to a creeping annexation that prevents the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian State and undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination," it concludes.
French judge Christine Chanet, who led the panel, said Israel never cooperated with the probe, which the council ordered last March. At a news conference, she called the report "a kind of weapon for the Palestinians" if they want to take up their grievances before The Hague-based International Criminal Court.
Comment: My question is what do ..we do about it. The United States is an extremely tricky situation. I assure you we have no hunger for another war over the middle east which seemed like an endless almost un winnable war. However the United States voted against Palestinians along with only seven other country's.
If Iran or Syria. (Which Iran has stated it has wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the planet) go to war. We have to by our alliance support them. I have a few questions since I'm not educated on this topic in detail. First. Why do we have such a strong alliance with Israel. What exactly are they providing to the US in exchange for security and protection. We backed them in voting down Palestinians at the UN.
We even turned the other way while they built settlements. Now the UN has ruled them illegal. What do we go from here. Do they simply tear down the building's they already built. The question is WHOM can enforce the laws the UN seeks illegal. For years the UN has wanted to stop the Blood Shed in Syria however no action has actually been taken.
Tlder: What do we do now?