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UN orders first probe of Israeli settlements

2012-03-22 20:44

Geneva -The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday passed a resolution ordering a first probe into how Israeli settlements may be infringing on the rights of the Palestinians.

The resolution was adopted with 36 votes in favour and 10 abstentions. Only the United States voted against it.

Presenting the resolution, a Pakistani envoy criticised Israel for insisting on building more settlements in the occupied territories, saying that they are "in violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws".

"This resolution seeks to respond to the humanitarian and human rights challenges this illegal Israeli practice has created in the occupied territories," he said.

Beyond ordering an investigation into the implications of settlements, the resolution also calls on Israel to "take and implement serious measures" such as confiscating arms to prevent acts of violence by Israeli settlers.

But the United States spoke up against the move, saying it was "deeply troubled by this Council's bias against Israel".

"Steps like this do nothing to promote a just and lasting peace," said a US envoy, adding that they only serve to "push parties apart".

Israel's move to expand settlements has been criticised by the international community, which deems the action illegal.

Earlier this week, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said the expansion of Israeli settlements is deeply linked to problems including violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Comments
  • Larry - 2012-03-22 21:15

    If Arabs can live in Israel with full democratic rights, then Jews should be able to live in Arab countries equally so. The reality of Jew-hatred does not allow for this therefore Jewish people in Palestinian areas have to live in exclusive neighborhoods protected by Israel and Israeli citizenship. All the Jewish arabs were expelled from the Muslim Middle East countries between 1925 and 1948 with all their properties and assets confiscated. These 800 thousand Arab Jews landed up in Israel. Arab Jews and their progeny now number 60% of all Israeli Jews and they should be allowed to settle in Arab areas and countries without fear of victimisation and death by the hands of Islamists, after all, this is their turf as much as any Muslim or Christian Arab.

      Muhammed - 2012-03-22 21:37

      You are clearly ignorant of the Zionist-Muslim conflict...

      Adam - 2012-03-22 21:47

      moohamed since when does a muslim have the right to label another person as ignorant? you think you and your people are angels. what a joke. go ruin some one elses country with your BS

      Fred - 2012-03-22 22:16

      Muhammed, you're on record as being a hypocrite. You are unwilling to give your land back to the original inhabitants of Southern Africa, to whom it is sacred. Yet you demand that Israelis do this, even though they've been in the area as long as the other tribes.

      Anneck - 2012-03-22 22:36

      @Muhammed, you are sick and twisted!

      Anneck - 2012-03-22 22:52

      Muhammed has no clue!

      Larry - 2012-03-23 06:23

      Muhummed, I gave you facts and your half sentence response is not debate. You are as defeated as all of islam when it comes to the power and logic of Israel and its supporters.

      Larry - 2012-03-23 06:25

      Furthermore, you are now less ignorant about the Middle east conflict with the facts I have given you even though you will not admit it.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 22:16

      But you Patrick can choose to change your bigoted and antisemetic belief that "the world would be a better placer were Jews removed from all walls of life".

      bluzulu - 2012-03-23 23:48

      @ Muhammed, The Arab people can stop this BS by one decisive move, Ask for all Oil to be bought in Euro's and the American market will fall in 24 hours. Even though the currency on International waters is the US dollar which is also a huge reason the US dollar is so strong however if the Arab nations can find consensus and do this , they would find Peace. However even in the Arab world there are traitors ( US collaborators) that stop this very simple move to decentralize power in the world from the US to Europe.

      Fred - 2012-03-24 00:18

      You're misinformed and delusional. The dollar is actually weak at the moment, and has been for quite some time. Secondly, what do you think would happen to your money if "the American market fell in 24 hours". Ever think of that while plotting the OCD fall of the US? What do you think would happen to the world? Total dark chaos, death, destruction, annihilation. But carry on with your silly nightmare dreaming. It's irrelevant because those who really know, like the Arab world, like the Chinese authorities, like everybody with a financial brain, want nothing of the sort.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 09:10

      No Fred, That's exactly how easy it is to break the US dollar,

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 09:11

      @ Fred, Why do you guys lose the plot when facts are aired that contravene your lies?

      Fred - 2012-03-24 21:27

      ?

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 12:05

      http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Brics-move-to-unseat-dollar-as-trade-currency-20120325

  • Muhammed - 2012-03-22 21:33

    May peace, justice and the rule of law prevail.

      Adam - 2012-03-22 21:48

      i agree, may every single one of your peoples crimes agaisnt freedom of speech, religion and human rights come crashing down on you like you deserve. please dont ever ever try to have an ounce of good faith in your body.

      Anneck - 2012-03-22 22:50

      I stand with Adam!

      Larry - 2012-03-23 06:28

      Which law? Sharia Law? Sorry boet, but the middle ages have passed on by and you are totally rejected.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 22:19

      In your bigoted mind Patrick it would appear that way. Choose to change your beliefs and the world will appear altogether different, better, more sane.

      Jaba - 2012-03-23 23:24

      LOL they come with "demands" because we are their dhimmis... They think are descendants of apes and pigs, we are inferior to them and Israel has humiliated them by standing up fighting back and building a country far beyond any of their own despite all the oil wealth. They are enraged at the reality of all this. They are living impoverished, illiterate and ignorant. Perfect marks for the Mosques to fill them up with the usual scapegoat excuse to explain away their miserable lives. When Islam allows its faithful to question its dogma, only then do these poor people have a chance at a decent life, otherwise the world is in grave danger of their stupid "Jihad"

      Fred - 2012-03-24 21:27

      ?

  • Fred - 2012-03-22 22:19

    When the dictators in the region are gone, the billions of dollars of arms they are funneling to the Palestinians will end, the Palestinians will not be incited to attack Israel to provide the external enemy these dictators need to continue disenfranchising their populations, and the Palestinians will have the homeland they deserve and need.

  • Anneck - 2012-03-22 22:34

    @Muhammed, throw out your Koran, and get yourself a Bible! Turn to Ezekiel Chapter 36 and read what the REAL God has to say, for He says with jealous wrath, all the nations that have brought scorn on Israel will ALSO suffer scorn!

      Fred - 2012-03-22 23:07

      With respect, God doesn't speak like that. God is love and forgiveness, not revenge and wrath. That's the word of man.

      Anneck - 2012-03-22 23:15

      @Fred, that is the word of God.

      Jameel - 2012-03-22 23:39

      Yous should first educate yourself about your own book Anneck, passages of incest and sex organs described in great detail, don't let me quote now ! I dear you or Fred to quote from the Quraan !

      Fred - 2012-03-22 23:52

      No it's not. Again, God is love and forgiveness, not revenge and wrath. Love. Understand?

      Anneck - 2012-03-23 00:07

      Jameel, how about you quote from the Koran? I dare you!

      Jameel - 2012-03-23 02:09

      Quran 17:23-25 23.And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. 24.And lower to them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: " My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was young." 25. Your Lord Knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, He is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn to Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance.

      Anneck - 2012-03-23 08:19

      Aaaaah, Jameel... What does that jave to do with ISRAEL mate???? EXAMPLE: Can you find anywhere in the Koran where JERUSALEM is MENTIONED????

  • Anneck - 2012-03-23 00:08

    Israel can do as it likes on it's own land! PERIOD!

  • Anneck - 2012-03-23 08:24

    Ezekiel Chapter 36, verses 8 and 9: "But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favour..."

      Bobo - 2012-03-23 22:07

      Anneck Don`t get drawn into this useless discussions.... "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces."

      Fred - 2012-03-24 21:28

      Zzzzzzzzz

      Anneck - 2012-03-24 23:13

      Patrick, yet you side with those with Koran's in their hands preaching hatred and jealousy toward Israel!

  • Jaba - 2012-03-23 23:33

    Muhammed & Jameel maybe you two should sit back and reflect about why "your people" keep on losing wars against tiny Israel. The crux is that Allah wants Israel to exist - which is why Israel will never lose a war against the nation of Islam. the proof is the last 60 odd years of getting your @$$ handed to you over and over again. and now for your proof, which Allah will never forgive you for, for you ignor His word. The Qur'an relates the words by which Moses ordered the Israelites to conquer the Land:"And [remember] when Moses said to his people: 'O my people, call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, when he produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave to you what He had not given to any other among the peoples. O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.'" [Qur'an 5:20-21] Moreover - and those who try to use Islam as a weapon against Israel always conveniently ignore this point - the Holy Qur'an explicitly refers to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel before the Last Judgment - where it says: "And thereafter We [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.'" [Qur'an 17:104] To all Muslims please read your Qur'an (The land was put aside for the Jews your Qur'an says so)

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-23 23:41

    Finally the UN is going to sort out this issue. "in violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws". Finally a council that the US can't veto,

      Anneck - 2012-03-24 00:03

      The UN can't even organise a camel race in a desert! If they could, Somalia and Syria, and North Korea, etc would have long been sorted! Israel forever!

      Fred - 2012-03-24 21:30

      Zzzzzzzz

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-23 23:49

    @ Muhammed, The Arab people can stop this BS by one decisive move, Ask for all Oil to be bought in Euro's and the American market will fall in 24 hours. Even though the currency on International waters is the US dollar which is also a huge reason the US dollar is so strong however if the Arab nations can find consensus and do this , they would find Peace. However even in the Arab world there are traitors ( US collaborators) that stop this very simple move to decentralize power in the world from the US to Europe.

      Jaba - 2012-03-23 23:58

      The Arab people can stop this BS by one decisive move, just read, understand and follow your own Qur'an. you are filled with hate against the Jews comming home even though your Qur'an said it would happen... its funny how brainwashed (with hate) you are. I feel for you cause it seems you on the wrong side of HIS plan.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 00:02

      I was just advising my fellow human being how they could bring the US to their knees by the end of weekend

      Jaba - 2012-03-24 00:05

      you a human being?

      Fred - 2012-03-24 00:20

      You're misinformed and delusional. The dollar is actually weak at the moment, and has been for quite some time. Secondly, what do you think would happen to your money if "the American market fell in 24 hours". Ever think of that while plotting the OCD fall of the US? What do you think would happen to the world? Total dark chaos, death, destruction, annihilation. But carry on with your silly nightmare dreaming. It's irrelevant because those who really know, like the Arab world, like the Chinese authorities, like everybody with a financial brain, want nothing of the sort.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 11:07

      @ Jaba, Yes, I know it is a difficult to contemplate the concept of "Educated Blacks" however it is happening all around you in this the 21st Century!!

      Anneck - 2012-03-24 15:48

      @Bluzulu, I highly recommend a holiday in Israel, I hear Ashdod is just beautiful this time of year. And you can tell me what it's like having to keep an eye on the sky above, cos you never know when a Palestinian rocket may hit you!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-24 21:01

      @ Annek, You couldn't pay me enough to go to Israel, thanks for the offer, I prefer it here.

      Fred - 2012-03-24 21:29

      Not surprising. Remain in your dark ignorance, creating delusion.

      Anneck - 2012-03-24 23:16

      Patrick, you have any kids? Want them to strap on some dynamite, then blow themselves up in a crowded market place? Bluzulu, you scared of being hit by a Palestinian rocket?

      bluzulu - 2012-03-25 11:51

      @ Anneck, I do have kids however, Whilst I am sleeping in my family home and some US bomb takes out my Family, BELIEVE THIS, I have nothing to live for and strapping a bomb to myself is the least I will do!!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-25 11:52

      That's Fred in a NUTSHELL,

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 11:59

      Why would any sane person visit that monstrosity of a military outpost called Israhell?

      Jaba - 2012-03-25 12:47

      LOL you guys will never go to Israel. For if you do you will realise you have been living a lie. You will see both Israeli Jews, Christians & Muslims living side by side in peace. Sharing bomb shelters together when Hamas fire rockets for no reason – except religious reasons. Yes, I have been to Israel… and when I came back I realised how blind you racists are. I have been back to Israel another 3 times. It’s a high-tech hub, bio genetics superpower, farming techniques, medical advancements; true democracy. I only pray that the Palestinians one day give birth to a Madiba figure. The Palestinians do not deserve the wicked leaders they have.

      Anneck - 2012-03-25 20:51

      @bluzulu, answer THIS! what sane person makes a woman or child strap dynamite to their chest and then walks into the middle of a crowded market and blows themself up? Can you answer that please? You sympathise with sick, twisted people!

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