Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein charges “Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem amounts to a war crime.”
Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein charged in a report he issued last week that Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem amounts to a war crime.
This assumption must be premised on the idea that the West Bank and east Jerusalem are occupied territory. This assumption also must be premised on the idea that Jordan somehow could lawfully ceed to the Arabs of Palestinian extraction, (to wit the PLO, a terrorist entity) this territory. This assumption ignores Jordan’s own breach of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention during it’s illegal 19 years occupation of Judea and Samaria/Shomron!
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s report charges that,
“The establishment and expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory by Israel, including the legal and administrative measures that it has taken to provide socioeconomic incentives, security, infrastructure and social services to citizens of Israel residing in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, amount to the transfer by Israel of its population into the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” ….
“The transfer of the population by an occupying state into an occupied territory is a grave breach of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and therefore a war crime.”
Notice that his report construes article 147 to mean that settlement activity “amount to the transfer by Israel of its population;” while ignoring the fact that article 147 prohibits forceable population transfers and Israeli citizens settle in Judea and Samaria/Shomron of their own accord. Jewish citizens of Israel are not forceably transfered into an occupied territory as was the case with Jordan and their ethnic cleansing, viz forceable population transfer of Jews from the very territory the report accuses Israel of and into which Jordan transfered it’s own population during it’s illegal 19 years occupation of East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria/Shomron!