UN panel condemns Israeli settlements

Kia Farhang

A United Nations panel condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem Thursday, news sources reported.

The panel’s report included a laundry list of Palestinian rights violated by the Israeli settlements, including the freedom of movement, the right to a fair trial, and the right to an adequate standard of living, CNN reported.

It also called for Israel to immediately withdraw all settlers from the contested areas, Al Jazeera reported.

Israeli officials condemned the report, according to the Washington Post, but Palestinian leaders hinted they may use the findings to take legal action against Israel in an international court.

Christine Chanet, who represented France on the three-member panel, said Israel’s offenses fell under Article 8 of the International Criminal Court statute, the New York Times reported.

The report follows the UN General Assembly’s vote to recognize a Palestinian state in November, after which Israel said it would build 3,000 more homes in the contested areas, Al Jazeera reported.