An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in Ramat Shlomo, a religious Jewish settlement in an area of the occupied West Bank Israel annexed to Jerusalem, December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
U.N. rights inquiry calls on Israel to halt settlements
Posted : Thursday, 31 January 2013 05:08AM
GENEVA (Reuters) -United Nations human rights investigators called on Israel on Thursday to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank, saying that its practices violated international law.
"Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions. It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT (occupied Palestinian territories)," said a report by the inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)
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