Please write to your MP, MSP, MEP, local/regional/national government representative to draw their attention to a statement signed on 11 September 2014 by 44 Palestinian, Israeli and international organisations:
STOP ISRAEL’S PLANS to FORCIBLY TRANSFER THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIAN BEDOUIN out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
The statement stresses that the international community must take all possible measures to ensure that individual and mass forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, does not take place.
World leaders should immediately press Israel to cancel all transfer plans and allow Palestinians to remain in and develop their communities, warning that the transfer of Palestinian Bedouins from their current locations would free up land for Israeli settlement expansion in a way that could effectively divide the West Bank.
The United Nations Secretary General has previously stated that the implementation of “relocation” plans may amount to individual and mass forcible transfers and forced evictions, prohibited under international humanitarian law and human rights law.
In a February 2014 report, the UN Secretary General called on Israel to “cease the violations of Palestinians’ human rights resulting from discriminatory and unlawful planning policies, laws and practices. Israel has to, in compliance with international law, amend the planning legislation and processes in order, in particular, to ensure the security of tenure and the full participation of Palestinians.
“Israel must also refrain from implementing evictions and demolition orders based on discriminatory and illegal planning policies, laws and practices”.
Finally, international donors should ensure their aid is delivered in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law and that they take all necessary precautions to ensure that their aid efforts do not recognize violations or comply with the coercive environment facilitating the forced transfer of vulnerable communities by the Israeli government.
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