Ha’aretz reports this morning
United Nations human rights investigators on Thursday called on Israel to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all settlers from the West Bank, saying that its practices violated international law. “Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions. It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT [occupied Palestinian territories],” said a report by the inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet. The settlements contravene the 1949 Geneva Conventions forbidding the transfer of civilian populations into occupied territory, which could amount to war crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court [ICC], it said.
Israel is not in compliance with an agreement which it itself signed. Its government is violating international law and its West Bank settlers are behaving in criminal fashion. It is ever more encroaching on land lived on by others for many many years and the most basic of all human rights- the right to live on ones own land in peace- is being violated by its expansionist policies: