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Security Council discusses Israeli settlements – 14 Oct 2016

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Published: 15 October 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

The UN Security Council held an Arria-formula meeting on Friday 14 October titled ‘Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution’. Council members invited Israeli NGO B’Tselem and Americans for Peace Now to address them. Israeli Peace Now declined a similar invitation, saying all its research is publicly available.

B’Tselem head urges Security Council to act now on settlements - The Times of Israel 14.10.16
Hagai El-Ad (B’Tselem) showed two videos and cited ‘invisible, bureaucratic daily violence’ that dominates Palestinian life ‘from cradle to grave’, while ‘ever-present’ settlers live in a first-world community ‘that exists only for them.’ He added that Israel uses the peace process ‘to buy time’ to establish facts on the ground for the settlements and the country could not occupy a people for 50 years and call itself a democracy. Lara Friedman (Americans for Peace Now) criticised settlement expansion, a significant portion of which she called ‘illegal growth’, and said human rights groups are being targetted by reactionary groups in Israel and the Israeli government ‘because their work reveals facts that some prefer to hide - facts that challenge the official Israeli government narrative.’ She also criticised the human rights record of some Council members.

See full speech by Hagai El-Ad here

And see: Netanyahu vows to bar national service volunteers from B’Tselem – The Times of Israel 15.10.16
Netanyahu claims ‘shoddy, unhinged’ Israeli watchdog ‘recycled settlement falsehoods’ before UN Security Council. B’Tselem responds: ‘We will not be cowed and neither will the hundreds of thousands in Israel who oppose the occupation. We will continue to tell the truth.’

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