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Israel’s settlement activity main cause of unrest in Mideast: UN

Israel’s settlement activity main cause of unrest in Mideast: UN

UNITED NATIONS: Israel’s policy of settlement expansion is a primary driver of the escalating violence affecting millions of people living in the occupied Palestinian territories and rest of the Middle East, a United Nations human rights committee said in its annual evaluation of the situation.

In a press release to mark the end of its five-day fact-finding visit to Amman, Jordan, the UN Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices said that a series of meetings with civil society groups and Palestinian officials had revealed that the “root cause” of the escalating violence in the territories is “the continuing policy of settlement expansion and the climate of impunity relating to the activities of the settlers”.

Indeed, over the past weeks, tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinians have risen following a series of deadly incidents between the two groups. Most recently, in the village of Duma, an 18-month-old Palestinian baby died following the fire-bombing of house by Israeli settlers. The father of the baby, who had sustained serious injuries in the attack, died on Aug 8.

Published in Dawn August 11th, 2015

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