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Message Recipients pm_eng@pmo.gov.il,communications@jnf.org aliyahny@jafi.org,mpresident@comcast.net
Subject Palestine: occupied Jordan Valley: ethnic cleansing
Dear (recipient name),

[Sample letter for Israeli officials]

 

Dear Sir:

 

We are profoundly disturbed by news from Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Right Network (HLRN) and local Palestinian organisations about the evictions, impending orders, and mass land expropriation against the residents of the occupied Palestinian territory.

 

The State of Israel and, by extension, its parastatal organizations, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and Jewish National Fund (JNF), bear the duty to uphold norms of applicable international humanitarian and human rights law as minimum guidelines for their treatment of the indigenous Palestinian civilian population, including refugees. The State has assumed these duties, including by way of its treaty ratifications and affirmations mentioned below. By extension, compliance with these rules also is required of private parties to avoid contributing to the situation that leads to certain violations.

 

The recent land expropriations and demolitions in the villages of Tubas, al-Hadidya, al-Aqaba, and al-Nu’man, simultaneously have produced the most-recent victims and are of international concern.  In addition, the continuous violations against the Jahalin Bedouin, as a result of both the E1 plan, the Wall construction, and the new Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem highlight a particular need for attention from the Israeli government to ensure protection for this vulnerable group. 

 

The practices violate the inhabitants’ human right to adequate housing; i.e., the right of all women, men and children to gain and sustain a secure place to live in peace and dignity. House demolitions represent a gross human rights violation and a violation of the international human rights and humanitarian norms, especially provisions regulating adequacy, nondiscrimination and military necessity. It is worth noting that the IOF generally do not inform the inhabitants in advance of demolition, and do not allow or give them a chance to salvage possessions or furniture. Of course, the Israeli occpuation forces (IOF) do not provide alternative housing or compensation either. As such, the IOF especially violate the peoples’ entitlements to security of tenure; livelihood; freedom from dispossession; participation and self-expression; physical security; and adequate compensation for violations and losses. All are elements of the human right to adequate housing as recognized in international law. It should be noticed here that ?%id ?title???frenchtitle ???spanishtitle ???arabictitle ???index_show ???frenchindex_show???spanishindex_show???arabicindex_show???appeal???details???details2???details3???details4???details5???message3???message4???mails3???mails4???message8???mails8???message7???mails7???message6???mails6???message5???mails5???message2???mails2???message???mails???message9???mails9???show?archive?indate]headline????????INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (1,'UA: Turkey, HLRN member threatened','','','','Turkey, HLRN member threatened','','','','GIYAV UA.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','',' Dear.. \r\n','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org\r\n','','',1,0,'2003-02-02',1); INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (2,'UA: Palestine, the Wall in Bethlehem','','','','Palestine, the Wall in Bethlehem','','','','Case LC1FE1020303.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','Dear.. \r\n','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org','','',1,0,'2003-03-02',1); INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (3,'UA: Greece, Roma Community under Threat','','','','Greece: Roma Community under Threat','','','','GRE.FE 020503.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','Dear..','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org','','',1,0,'2003-05-02',1); INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (5,'UA: Greece, Roma Settlement in Glykeia','','','','Greece, Roma Settlement in Glykeia','','','','GRE-FE 130803.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','Dear..','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org','','',1,0,'2003-08-13',1); ?Israel bears a treaty-bound obligation to respect, defend, promote and fulfil these entitlements in an environment of self-determination, nondiscrimination, gender equality, rule of law, international cooperation, and nonregressivity.

 

Specifically, the Israeli authorities have breached their treaty obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which Israel ratified on 3 January 1992. The State has been derelict in its obligations as elaborated in the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights General Comments Nos. 4 and 7 on the human right to adequate housing, including protection from forced eviction. Israel also has been specifically condemned by the Committee reviewing the Convention against Torture at the end of 2001, when recognising for the first time house demolition as a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and/or punishment. Israel ratified CAT on 2 November 1991. The State flagrantly breaches its obligations, inter alia, under the International Covenant for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), both in general and specifically Article 5(e)(iii), which treaty it ratified on 2 February 1979.

Also, it is worth noting that the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines both “population transfer” (art. 7(1)(d) and 7(2)(d)) and the “extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly” as war crime (art. 8, 2.a (iv)).

We call on you to carry out your duty within the norms and standards required of States.

To avoid further violations and senseless destruction of human life and property ensure:

1.       Immediately halt impending evictions;

2.       Providing full reparation for all affected persons and communities, so as to enable the inhabitants to rebuild their houses and other structures, while government provides basic infrastructures and planning, thereby restoring the community;

3.       Prosecute and bring to justice those individuals responsible for these grave breaches and gross violat?%id ?title???frenchtitle ???spanishtitle ???arabictitle ???index_show ???frenchindex_show???spanishindex_show???arabicindex_show???appeal???details?ions.

 

We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and look forward to hearing from you about your remedial response.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

[Name of sending organization and contact information]

 

[Sample letter for Israeli officials]

 

Dear Sir:

 

We are profoundly disturbed by news from Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Right Network (HLRN) and local Palestinian organisations about the evictions, impending orders, and mass land expropriation against the residents of the occupied Palestinian territory.

 

The State of Israel and, by extension, its parastatal organizations, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and Jewish National Fund (JNF), bear the duty to uphold norms of applicable international humanitarian and human rights law as minimum guidelines for their treatment of the indigenous Palestinian civilian population, including refugees. The State has assumed these duties, including by way of its treaty ratifications and affirmations mentioned below. By extension, compliance with these rules also is required of private parties to avoid contributing to the situation that leads to certain violations.

 

The recent land expropriations and demolitions in the villages of Tubas, al-Hadidya, al-Aqaba, and al-Nu’man, simultaneously have produced the most-recent victims and are of international concern.  In addition, the continuous violations against the Jahalin Bedouin, as a result of both the E1 plan, the Wall construction, and the new Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem highlight a particular need for attention from the Israeli government to ensure protection for this vulnerable group. 

 

The practices violate the inhabitants’ human right to adequate housing; i.e., the right of all women, men and children to gain and sustain a secure place to live in peace and dignity. House demolitions represent a gross human rights violation and a violation of the international human rights and humanitarian norms, especially provisions regulating adequacy, nondiscrimination and military necessity. It is worth noting that the IOF generally do not inform the inhabitants in advance of demolition, and do not allow or give them a chance to salvage possessions or furniture. Of course, the Israeli occpuation forces (IOF) do not provide alternative housing or compensation either. As such, the IOF especially violate the peoples’ entitlements to security of tenure; livelihood; freedom from dispossession; participation and self-expression; physical security; and adequate compensation for violations and losses. All are elements of the human right to adequate housing as recognized in international law. It should be noticed here that ?%id ?title???frenchtitle ???spanishtitle ???arabictitle ???index_show ???frenchindex_show???spanishindex_show???arabicindex_show???appeal???details???details2???details3???details4???details5???message3???message4???mails3???mails4???message8???mails8???message7???mails7???message6???mails6???message5???mails5???message2???mails2???message???mails???message9???mails9???show?archive?indate]headline????????INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (1,'UA: Turkey, HLRN member threatened','','','','Turkey, HLRN member threatened','','','','GIYAV UA.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','',' Dear.. \r\n','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org\r\n','','',1,0,'2003-02-02',1); INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (2,'UA: Palestine, the Wall in Bethlehem','','','','Palestine, the Wall in Bethlehem','','','','Case LC1FE1020303.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','Dear.. \r\n','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org','','',1,0,'2003-03-02',1); INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (3,'UA: Greece, Roma Community under Threat','','','','Greece: Roma Community under Threat','','','','GRE.FE 020503.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','Dear..','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org','','',1,0,'2003-05-02',1); INSERT INTO `cases` VALUES (5,'UA: Greece, Roma Settlement in Glykeia','','','','Greece, Roma Settlement in Glykeia','','','','GRE-FE 130803.doc','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','','Dear..','mmignot@hlrn.org, yasser@hlrn.org','','',1,0,'2003-08-13',1); ?Israel bears a treaty-bound obligation to respect, defend, promote and fulfil these entitlements in an environment of self-determination, nondiscrimination, gender equality, rule of law, international cooperation, and nonregressivity.

 

Specifically, the Israeli authorities have breached their treaty obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which Israel ratified on 3 January 1992. The State has been derelict in its obligations as elaborated in the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights General Comments Nos. 4 and 7 on the human right to adequate housing, including protection from forced eviction. Israel also has been specifically condemned by the Committee reviewing the Convention against Torture at the end of 2001, when recognising for the first time house demolition as a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and/or punishment. Israel ratified CAT on 2 November 1991. The State flagrantly breaches its obligations, inter alia, under the International Covenant for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), both in general and specifically Article 5(e)(iii), which treaty it ratified on 2 February 1979.

Also, it is worth noting that the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines both “population transfer” (art. 7(1)(d) and 7(2)(d)) and the “extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly” as war crime (art. 8, 2.a (iv)).

We call on you to carry out your duty within the norms and standards required of States.

To avoid further violations and senseless destruction of human life and property ensure:

1.       Immediately halt impending evictions;

2.       Providing full reparation for all affected persons and communities, so as to enable the inhabitants to rebuild their houses and other structures, while government provides basic infrastructures and planning, thereby restoring the community;

3.       Prosecute and bring to justice those individuals responsible for these grave breaches and gross violat?%id ?title???frenchtitle ???spanishtitle ???arabictitle ???index_show ???frenchindex_show???spanishindex_show???arabicindex_show???appeal???details?ions.

 

We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and look forward to hearing from you about your remedial response.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

[Name of sending organization and contact information]

 

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