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ICSPR: Kenesset adoption of the unified Jerusalem law approves that Israel looks dawn on all the international and human rights decision.
On Tuesday, January 3, 2018, the Israeli Knesset passed the second and third reading unified Jerusalem law (the new law) with the approval and support of 64 members and the rejection of 51 members. Under the new law, any attempt to relinquish Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem, will require the approval of 80 deputies to be approved since Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital. Whereas the previous version, prior to the amendment, provided that any division of Jerusalem requires majority of 61 members of the Knesset approval. This new law came within the new Israeli attempt to annex more Palestinian areas of Jerusalem and the extension of legal mandate over the law on the holy city.
The new law follows the Israeli Knesset approving on June 22, 2017 a law, which allows enforcing the Israeli laws in Israeli settlements on the occupied Palestinian land in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The law coincides with the US Presidents decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation.
The new law sets several goals such as imposing spatial and temporal division in Jerusalem, which comes with settlements and Judaizing the city, in addition to the occupation attempt to empty the city from its Arab population through demolishing Palestinian houses, preventing constructions and land confiscation.
The International Commission to Support the Palestinian People Rights (ICSPR) sees that with this law, Israel looks down to the UN General Assembly decisions especially its last decision regarding Jerusalem. The new law is a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, as well as a violation of the principle of the inadmissibility of the annexation of the occupied territories by the occupation. This principle considers the most fundamental principles of international law governing the relationship between the occupying Power and the occupied state. Moreover, the new law is based on the confiscating private land by the occupation and granting it to its citizens.
ICSPR deeply condemns the new law, considering that the inability of the international and regional community means giving Israel the green light to continue its crimes. ICSPR records the following:
1- ICSPR affirms that what is known with “The Law of Jerusalem” violates the international standards relating to the rights of peoples and human rights and constitutes an Israeli encroachment to the resolutions of the international community, as expressed in the recent UN General Assembly Resolution 2234, 23 December 2016, condemning the illegality of Israeli settlements.
2- ICSPR indicates that all settlement activities and security measures in the occupied territories are war crimes in accordance with international humanitarian law.
3- ICSPR urges international organizations, especially the United Nations, the UN Security Council and regional organizations, especially the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, to intervene immediately and take steps to counter the repercussions of this legislation and all its applications.
4- ICSPR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their legal obligations by taking measures to ensure Israels respect for the Convention.
5- ICSPR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to move nationally, internationally and diplomatically to confront the successive Israeli racist legislation and policies, including raising the level of Palestinian claims to dismantle the settlements, not just claiming their illegality.
5- ICSPR urges the Palestinian leadership to activate the mechanism of the Permanent International Criminal Court, and refer the situation in Palestine under Article 14 of the Rome Statute. It is important not wait for the results of the preliminary examination and boycotting Israel.