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Sunday, 28 September 2014 08:27

 Joint Press Release, 27 September 2014

Palestinian civil society tables Israel’s treatment of Palestinian civil and political rights in occupied East Jerusalem for UN review

A broad collective of Palestinian civil society has submitted the first-ever East Jerusalem-centred report to the UN Human Rights Committee for its review of Israeli compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Titled, “Occupied East Jerusalem: ‘De-Palestinization’ and Forcible Transfer of Palestinians: A situation of systematic breaches of State obligations under the ICCPR,” the report is ground-breaking in its focus on East Jerusalem and Israel’s efforts to rid the occupied city of its Palestinian population and transform it into a Jewish Israeli town.

Between 17 and 21 October, the Human Rights Committee in Geneva will examine, for the fourth time, if and how Israel meets its ICCPR treaty obligations. As in the past, the official Israeli delegation will defy international law and consensus by claiming that Israel has no human rights obligations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and by treating occupied East Jerusalem as if it were part of its own sovereign territory. 

Collectively, three organizations - the Coalition for Jerusalem, St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights and the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem put forward a joint account to assist the UN review. Never before has an East Jerusalem-focused report been prepared for this purpose. In doing so, the drafting partners clarify the complex status of East Jerusalem and Palestinians there, which has resulted from the combination of Israeli occupation and illegal annexation. The report responds directly to the widespread confusion over the status and human rights of Palestinians and the unlawful application of Israeli domestic law in occupied East Jerusalem.

 

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Israeli Supreme Court Decides on the Route of the Separation Wall in the Cremisan Valley PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:55

The Israeli Supreme Court informed today of its decision on the route of the separation wall in the Cremisan valley in Beit Jala, following the hearing which was held on August 4th, 2014.

The Court decided that as to Israel’s suggested route of the wall, Israel must take into consideration different possibilities by which both Salesian convents in Cremisan are taken in and included within the Palestinian side of the wall. The Court gave Israel until September 4th, 2014 to respond to its decision.

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Press Release: Cremisan High Court Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:52

Israeli Supreme Court heldCremisan Hearing in August 4th, 2014

The Supreme Court of Israel held yesterday a hearing on the route of the separation wall in the Cremisan valley in BeitJala.

During the hearing, which was attended by diplomats and civil society, the Court examined and discussed the proposed routes of the separation wall as presented by the State of Israel and the alternative route by the Peace and Security Council.

Among the discussed routes, the Courtexamined the three recently submitted expert reports by the State of Israel, aimed to support the Court’s approval of the separation wall’s route in Cremisan. The State of Israel demanded the Court to adopt its proposed route, stressing the “security” element.

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Cremsian Case Analysis: Pre-Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:29

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The Israeli Supreme Court hearing on the route of the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley, originally set on July 26th, 2014 was postponed to August 4th, 2014. The Society of St. Yves, representing the Salesian Sisters, condemns the planned route of the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley. “We want to build bridges, not walls,” said Sister Fides, the directress at Cremisan. Since 1960, the Salesian Sisters have been developing their institution to serve underprivileged children of the neighboring Palestinian villages. Children who attend the convent’s afternoon classes and summer camps would otherwise spend their free time on the streets because their families cannot afford to send them elsewhere. Thus, the nuns’ presence and their institution is a blessing for the local population.

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