Israel Must Exit the West Bank

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:


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5 Responses to Israel Must Exit the West Bank

  1. You should not have used that drawing. It is below your quality standards. Maps, as you know, are usually misleading. In this case, for example, the situation is reduced to two parties, the Jewish Israelis and Palestinians. The Arabs in Israel are missing; also missing are the Druze, whose switch from anti- to pro-Jewish in 1948 is the most important reason why that greenish part at the top of the first and second map became white.

    I am not defending the often outrageous acts that Israel has performed during the 1948 war (or denying that the Arabs did outrageous things). But the main problem in the Middle East is not the conflict between this side and that side. The problem is that people try to reduce the complexity. Now this may be a very human trait, but it also means that in the process of trying to understand things they in fact create the problems.

    This map is an example of this simplification.


  2. Niels Peter Lemche says:

    Simplification is not the problem. The problem is that there is no room for any Palestinian state in the occupied territories. The area supposed to be Palestinian has been fragmentazed in such a way that there is simply no way a state would function. It’s politics like in old South Africa, creating Bantustans. As long as the US does not realize what is going on, it will have to fight its way through the Middle East. The Arabs are not that stupid that they don’t realize what is going on.

    And what have the Arabs in Israel to do with this? So instead of casting light on the problem Jona Lendering is trying to gloss over the problem.



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