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Mourners pray during a funeral for a leader and other members of U.S.-backed neighbourhood guards who were killed in a bomb attack in northern Baghdad’s Adhamiya district yesterday. A bomber on a motorcycle struck a checkpoint manned by U.S.-backed neighbourhood guards in Baghdad yesterday, killing 15 people and wounding 29.

 

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Joint open letter

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(source: AlHaq.org)

To: Mr. Thomas Dupla Del Moral, Middle East Director, External Relations Directorate General, European Commission

Dear Mr. Dupla Del Moral,

Re: EU-Israel Sub-Committee on Political Dialogue and Cooperation, 15 December 2010

As Palestinian human rights organisations committed to the protection and promotion of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), in light of the upcoming EU-Israel Subcommittee Meeting on Political Dialogue and Cooperation, scheduled for 15 December 2010, we would like to express our strong concerns regarding Israel’s continuing settlement construction.

For over four decades Israel has engaged in a policy of consolidating its territorial, administrative and legal control over the OPT, constituent of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, by establishing and expanding its illegal settlements. Settlements and their associated infrastructure of Israeli-only by-pass roads, checkpoints, roadblocks and the Annexation Wall, control 42% of the West Bank. Built on lands illegally confiscated from Palestinians, the settlement infrastructure fragments the occupied territory into separate enclaves, preventing the Palestinian people from making use of their land and natural resources, and exercising their right to self-determination.

In addition to having a devastating impact on Palestinian freedom of movement, family life and access to education, food, health care and other services, Israel’s settlement enterprise has further resulted in the creation of two parallel and unequal societies in the OPT – a superior Israeli settler society and a dominated and disadvantaged Palestinian society that is denied its fundamental human rights.

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