UN: Israel ignores demand to stop settlement building

UN Middle East envoy says Israel has failed to end illegal settlement activity and abide by UNSC Resolution 2334.

Palestinian leaders said the settlements are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution [Damir Sagolj/Reuters]

Israel has not taken any steps to halt illegal settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory as demanded by the Security Council, the United Nations said on Friday,

In his first report to the council on the implementation of a resolution it adopted in December, UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said on Friday that Israel had instead authorised “a high rate” of settlement expansions in violation of international law.

“The resolution calls on Israel to take steps ‘to cease all settlements activities in the occupied Palestinian territory including east Jerusalem.’ No such steps have been taken during the reporting period,” he said.

Speaking to reporters, Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said: “Settlements need to be stopped, not only because they are illegal, but they are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution.”

READ MORE: UN report decries Israeli settlements’ ‘alarming pace’

The UNSC Resolution 2334, which reaffirmed long-standing positions of the international community, was adopted with 14 votes after the United States abstained in the vote .

The abstention defied pressure from then President-elect Donald Trump, Israel and some US politicians who urged Washington to wield its veto.

The resolution condemned Israel’s settlements on Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, saying they had “no legal validity”.

It also demanded a halt to “all Israeli settlement activities”, saying this “is essential for salvaging the two-state solution”.

OPINION: What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?

Israeli settlements are seen as a major stumbling block to peace efforts as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

The UN maintains that settlements are illegal, but the body’s officials have reported a surge in construction over the past months.

Mladenov called “the January spike” in illegal settlement announcements by Israel “deeply concerning.” During that month, he said, two major announcements were made for a total of 5,500 housing units in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank exclusively controlled by Israel.

“Overall, the last three months have seen a high rate of settlement-related activity, especially when compared to 2016, which saw tenders for only 42 (housing) units issued and some 3,000 units advanced over 12 months in Area C,” Mladenov said.

Last year, Israel built 2,630 illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank in 2016, an increase of 40 percent compared with numbers from 2015.

Some 430,000 Israeli settlers currently live in the West Bank and a further 200,000 Israelis live in occupied East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians see as the capital of their future state.

Source: News agencies


Israel is the target of at least 77 UN Resolutions
and the Palestinians are the target of 1.

Number of UN Resolutions Passed in CondemnationIsraelPalestinians0255075100

Category Israelis Palestinians
Israel 77
Palestinians 1

Aside from the core issues—refugees, Jerusalem, borders—the major themes reflected in the U.N. resolutions against Israel over the years are its unlawful attacks on its neighbors; its violations of the human rights of the Palestinians, including deportations, demolitions of homes and other collective punishments; its confiscation of Palestinian land; its establishment of illegal settlements; and its refusal to abide by the U.N. Charter and the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

Donald Neff

Source: United Nations Security Council resolutions passed from 1955 through 1992 were detailed in Paul Findley’s book Deliberate Deceptions (1998, pages 192-4). Resolutions passed from 1993-2013 were accessed at UN.org.

UN Resolutions Against Israel, 1955-2013

  1. Resolution 106: “…‘condemns’ Israel for Gaza raid”
  2. Resolution 111: “…‘condemns’ Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”
  3. Resolution 127: “…‘recommends’ Israel suspend its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”
  4. Resolution 162: “…‘urges’ Israel to comply with UN decisions”
  5. Resolution 171: “…determines flagrant violations’ by Israel in its attack on Syria”
  6. Resolution 228: “…‘censures’ Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”
  7. Resolution 237: “…‘urges’ Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”
  8. Resolution 248: “…‘condemns’ Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”
  9. Resolution 250: “…‘calls on’ Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”
  10. Resolution 251: “…‘deeply deplores’ Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250”
  11. Resolution 252: “…‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”
  12. Resolution 256: “…‘condemns’ Israeli raids on Jordan as ‘flagrant violation”
  13. Resolution 259: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”
  14. Resolution 262: “…‘condemns’ Israel for attack on Beirut airport”
  15. Resolution 265: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”
  16. Resolution 267: “…‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”
  17. Resolution 270: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon”
  18. Resolution 271: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”
  19. Resolution 279: “…‘demands’ withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon”
  20. Resolution 280: “….‘condemns’ Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon”
  21. Resolution 285: “…‘demands’ immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon”
  22. Resolution 298: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem”
  23. Resolution 313: “…‘demands’ that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon”
  24. Resolution 316: “…‘condemns’ Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon”
  25. Resolution 317: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon”
  26. Resolution 332: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon”
  27. Resolution 337: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty”
  28. Resolution 347: “…‘condemns’ Israeli attacks on Lebanon”
  29. Resolution 425: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
  30. Resolution 427: “…‘calls on’ Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon’
  31. Resolution 444: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”
  32. Resolution 446: “…‘determines’ that Israeli settlements are a ‘serious obstruction’ to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
  33. Resolution 450: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacking Lebanon”
  34. Resolution 452: “…‘calls on’ Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”
  35. Resolution 465: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel’s settlements program”
  36. Resolution 467: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon”
  37. Resolution 468: “…‘calls on’ Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”
  38. Resolution 469: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians”
  39. Resolution 471: “…‘expresses deep concern’ at Israel’s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
  40. Resolution 476: “…‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claims to Jerusalem are ‘null and void’
  41. Resolution 478: “…‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’
  42. Resolution 484: “…‘declares it imperative’ that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors”
  43. Resolution 487: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility”
  44. Resolution 497: “…‘decides’ that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights is ‘null and void’ and demands that Israel rescind its decision forthwith”
  45. Resolution 498: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw from Lebanon”
  46. Resolution 501: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”
  47. Resolution 509: “…‘demands’ that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon”
  48. Resolution 515: “…‘demands’ that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in”
  49. Resolution 517: “…‘censures’ Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
  50. Resolution 518: “…‘demands’ that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon”
  51. Resolution 520: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s attack into West Beirut”
  52. Resolution 573: “…‘condemns’ Israel ‘vigorously’ for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters
  53. Resolution 587: “…‘takes note’ of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”
  54. Resolution 592: “…‘strongly deplores’ the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”
  55. Resolution 605: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians
  56. Resolution 607: “…‘calls on’ Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention
  57. Resolution 608: “…‘deeply regrets’ that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”
  58. Resolution 636: “…‘deeply regrets’ Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians
  59. Resolution 641: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians
  60. Resolution 672: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount
  61. Resolution 673: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations
  62. Resolution 681: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians
  63. Resolution 694: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return
  64. Resolution 726: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians
  65. Resolution 799: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return
  66. Resolution 904: “…‘strongly condemns’ the massacre in Hebron and its aftermath which took the lives of more than 50 Palestinian civilians and injured several hundred others”
  67. Resolution 1073: “…‘calls for’ the immediate cessation and reversal of all acts which have resulted in the aggravation of the situation, ‘calls for‘ the safety and protection of Palestinian civilians to be ensured”
  68. Resolution 1322: “…‘condemns’ acts of violence, especially the excessive use of force against Palestinians, resulting in injury and loss of human life”
  69. Resolution 1402: “…‘calls upon’ both parties to move immediately to a meaningful ceasefire; calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah”
  70. Resolution 1403: “…‘demands’ the implementation of its resolution 1402 (2002) without delay”
  71. Resolution 1405: “…‘emphasizes’ the urgency of access of medical and humanitarian organizations to the Palestinian civilian population”
  72. Resolution 1435: “…‘demands’ that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure”
  73. Resolution 1544: “…‘calls on’ Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law, and insists, in particular, on its obligation not to undertake demolition of homes contrary to that law”
  74. Resolution 1860: “…‘calls for’ an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza; ‘calls for‘ the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment”
  75. Resolution 1937: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
  76. Resolution 2004: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
  77. Resolution 2064: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”

UN Resolutions Against the Palestinians, 1955-2013

  1. Resolution 1435: “…‘calls on’ the Palestinian Authority to meet its expressed commitment to ensure that those responsible for terrorist acts are brought to justice by it”

The innocent imprisoned. Movement restricted. Trade suffocated. Homes demolished. Human rights abuses are rife in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

We do not take a position on issues of statehood.

We stand with those demanding that all sides respect human rights, and that perpetrators of human rights abuses are brought to justice.


ayelet-shaked

Israeli justice minister claims BDS wants to ‘wipe the Jewish nation off the face of the Earth’

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: