UN investigator: Israel engaged in ethnic cleansing

from Reuters through Common Dreams.

Israel’s expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem and eviction of Palestinians from their homes there is a form of ethnic cleansing, United Nations investigator Richard Falk said on Monday.

[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]…. [The situation] can only be described in its cumulative impact as a form of ethnic cleansing.

Falk said he would like the Human Rights Council to ask the International Court of Justice to look at Israeli behavior in the occupied territories, focusing on whether the prolonged occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem had elements of “colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing inconsistent with international humanitarian law.”