UN: Israel Must Pull All Settlers from Disputed Lands

Israel must immediately stop all settlement activity and start to withdraw its settlers from the Palestinian territories, a United Nations report said on Thursday.

"Israel must... cease all settlement activities without preconditions (and) must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers" from the occupied territories, a UN fact-finding mission concluded.

Because of the settlements, Palestinians' human rights "are being violated consistently and on a daily basis," the three independent experts said in a report commissioned by the UN's Human Rights Council last March.

The experts, who will present their findings to the 47-member state council on March 18, also called on the Jewish state to "ensure adequate, effective and prompt remedy to all Palestinian victims... of human rights violations that are a result of the settlements."

The council's decision to dispatch the fact-finding mission to determine what impact the settlements are having on the rights of Palestinians so enraged the Jewish state that it immediately cut all ties with the body.

The three experts, Christine Chanet of France, Asma Jahangir of Pakistan and Unity Dow of Botswana, published their findings just two days after Israel made its anger felt by becoming the first country to ever boycott a special council review of its rights situation.

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