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50 years today since the start of the 1967 Middle East War

12 Juin 2017

The Israeli settlement policy is among key stumbling blocks for revival of the peace process between Israel and Palestine, which is seeking diplomatic recognition for its independence on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which are partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.

Diana Buttu, a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and former adviser to the negotiating committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, says Israeli settlers are intent on preventing a Palestinian state.

Guterres recalled that Israel was founded on 14 May 1948 and the world still awaits the advent of an independent Palestinian state.

Fifty years of ongoing occupation, compounded by several failed attempts to end it, are normalizing the anomaly.

"This occupation has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people", Guterres said in a statement. He said the Israeli presence in Golan Heights has "fueled recurring cycles of violence and retribution", according to The Jerusalem Post.

"At the same time, it has also meant 50 years of statements and global resolutions that Israel, the occupying power, has insisted on violating with impunity", he said.

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Some 2.9 million Palestinians live in the West Bank today, about 430,000 live in the settlements and another 200,000 in East Jerusalem; these settlements make it impossible for the divided state to unite.

And as time passes, more settlers can be expected to invade Palestinian properties, pushed both by zealous fervour and by generous government subsidies: the average settler receives three times more in public subsidies than a resident of Israel proper, a financial incentive for the expansion of settler units given by governments snubbing the global community's decree that settlements are illegal and a hindrance to any Palestinian-Israeli peace deal.

Among the many areas of disagreement between Jewish and Arab Israelis were settlements, and whether they were an obstacle to peace.

He said such remarks constitute a challenge to the UN Security Council's latest resolution on settlements, voted by all the world's nations, including the United States which did not veto the resolution. The victim was identified as 27-year-old Mohammed Taha.

Issawi Frej, another lawmaker, called for an immediate investigation of the "murder".

In April, the Palestinian Authority said it would no longer fund electricity that Israel supplies to the Gaza Strip and it has slashed the salaries of its 60,000 civil servants in Gaza - but not the West Bank - by 30 percent, offering no explanation other than a lack of foreign aid money.

50 years today since the start of the 1967 Middle East War