UN expert repeats 'ethnic cleansing' claim against Israel

March 21, 2011 19:12

GENEVA - Israel's expansion of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the eviction of Palestinians from their homes there is a form of ethnic cleansing, United Nations investigator and US academic Richard Falk told the UN Human Rights Council as it prepared to pass resolutions condemning Israeli behavior in the West Bank.

The "continued pattern of settlement expansion in east Jerusalem combined with the forcible eviction of long-residing Palestinians are creating an intolerable situation" in the part of the city previously controlled by Jordan, he said.

This situation "can only be described in its cumulative impact as a form of ethnic cleansing," Falk declared.

In a linked discussion on Israeli policies towards lands it seized in the 1967 Six Day War, Israeli and Palestinian delegates clashed over the recent killing of members of a Jewish settler family in the settlement of Itamar in West Bank.

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