Palestinians to seek full approval of report against Israeli settlement in UNHRC


RAMALLAH, March 16 — The Palestinians will seek a unanimous endorsement of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for a report of a fact-finding mission that condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a Palestinian official said Saturday.

A Palestinian-Arab draft resolution, which called on the international community to condemn Jewish settlement in the Palestinian territories, has been distributed to the 47 state members of the Geneva-based UN rights body, in preparation for voting at a council meeting on Monday, said Ibrahim Khraishe, the Palestinian representative to the UN in Geneva.

The council will listen to the details of the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which was formed last March.

In the report which was revealed in January, the mission called on Israel to stop settlement building in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek as the capital of a future state.

The report also urged Israel to evacuate all the settlements that were built after Israel had occupied the West Bank in 1967 and to move the settlers out gradually.

Israel has boycotted the UNHRC since its decision to form the fact-finding mission, and has refused to cooperate with the investigators.

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stopped in 2010 over a dispute on the settlement activities.