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Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of RacialDiscrimination

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 2012

Strong language in the Concluding Observations. Racial discrimination, apartheid, forced displacement, demographic balance policies in Jerusalem, family separation, settler violence, discriminatory legislation such as the Law for the Regulation of the Bedouin Settlement in the Negev, etc.

” […] Recalling its previous concluding observations (CERD/C/ISR/CO/13, para. 32), theCommittee strongly urges the State party to review its approach and interpret itsobligations under the Convention in good faith and in accordance with internationallaw. The Committee also urges the State party to ensure that all civilians under itseffective control enjoy full rights under the Convention without discrimination basedon ethnicity, citizenship, or national origin.

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The Committee reiterates its previous concluding observations (CERD/C/ISR/CO/13,para. 16) and recommends that the State party ensure that the prohibition of racialdiscrimination and the principle of equality are included in the Basic Law and that adefinition of racial discrimination is duly incorporated into the Law.

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The Committee recommends that the State party address satisfactorily the problems faced by Bedouin communities, in particular with regard to the loss of their land and access to new land. The Committee also recommends that the State party step up its efforts to ensure equal access to education, work, housing and public health in all territories under the State party’s effective control. In this regard, the State party should withdraw the 2012 discriminatory proposed Law for the Regulation of the Bedouin Settlement in the Negev, which would legalize the ongoing policy of home demolitions and forced displacement of the indigenous Bedouin communities. […] ”

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Full report here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/85303883/CERD-C-ISR-CO-14-16

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