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Israel threatens to review cooperation with Swiss over Geneva debate on PA territories

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Israel threatens to review cooperation with Swiss over Geneva debate on PA territories

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Published time: December 12, 2014 13:07

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An official Israeli sign from the Civil Administration in Charge of the Government Property, placed in the West Bank near the Israeli Beitar Illit (R) settlement, states that the area is state land and trespassing is not allowed, near the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin, on September 4, 2014. (AFP Photo)

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Switzerland has riled Israel over its decision to host a meeting of signatory states to the Geneva Conventions, expected to slam Israel for its actions in the "occupied territories." Israel pledged to reconsider its future cooperation with the Swiss.

On December 17, permanent representatives to the UN in Geneva will examine respect for international humanitarian law in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) assigned territories. The special session is set to address the conditions of Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria, the Gaza Strip, and eastern Jerusalem.

Switzerland convened the meeting following a request from the Palestinian Authority after joining the convention in April. This followed another stumbling block in US-sponsored peace talks. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wrote to the Fourth Geneva Convention calling for a special session.


READ MORE: US helping Israel boycott Geneva summit on occupied territories – diplomatic sources

In a statement issued on Thursday evening, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said that Israel will not only boycott the conference, but will also reconsider its cooperation with other Swiss diplomatic initiatives.

He said Israel views the Swiss government’s decision to accede to Palestinian demands to convene a meeting of signatories to the Geneva Conventions "very gravely," and urged countries where the Fourth Geneva Convention is relevant to boycott the meeting.

"Via this decision, Switzerland is lending a hand to the politicization of the conventions and the laws of war in general. Convening the signatory states is a political move, whose only purpose is to exploit the important platform of the Geneva Conventions for attacking Israel," Nachshon said.

Switzerland must act in a "neutral and apolitical manner," the Foreign Ministry spokesman pointed out, noting that the meeting has been summoned at a time when "many other conflicts are being waged throughout the world, including in theaters where atrocities are taking place right now."


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Buildings under construction are seen in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit near the Palestinian West Bank village of Wadi Fukin, on September 4, 2014. (AFP Photo)

Israel and the United States are not expected to attend the conference. Swiss President Didier Burkhalter told local media he expected "very large participation."

"Our objective is to advance the cause of international humanitarian law," AFP quoted Burkhalter as saying.

"Even if Israel and the United States boycott the meeting, the international community must speak on the issue.

There is no denigration of Israel planned from Switzerland," he said.

The Fourth Geneva Convention, adopted in 1949, focuses on the protection of civilians in armed conflict zones and occupied territories. The treaty states that the occupying power must preserve the human rights of the civilian population. In its 65-year history, it has met only twice - in 1999 and 2001 - both times to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although Israel is also party to the convention, the Knesset has never signed the treaty into law.

Israel does not consider the Geneva Convention treaty relevant in regard to the so-called "occupied territories", which it formally considers "disputed."

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November 12, 2014, in Khan Yunis' Khuzaa neighbourhood in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli border. (AFP Photo)

In late November, Israel, along with the US, Canada and Australia, tried to dissuade nearly 200 states that make up the Fourth Geneva Convention from convening a special session in regard to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Israeli news source Arutz Sheva reported. However, Switzerland came under pressure from the PA and Arab states to proceed with the meeting.

Earlier, it was reported that the conference will have few speeches and no media coverage except for a statement to the press to be released at the end of the meeting.

"We made it clear we didn’t want a political event or debate club, or a conference that would blame or criticize one of the sides," a Swiss diplomat said in November.


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filipo
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• Haha cut ties with Switzerland? Lmaoo
• 7 minutes agoReply

LearnMoreThanOneLanguage
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• the funny thing is the jews of today aren't real jews. They have no blood ties to the biblical jews. The palestinians have blood ties to the biblical jews.
• 9 minutes agoReply

Marumiyu Moriame
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• nobody hates Switzerland, isreal youl be the first.
• 11 minutes agoReply

Nick
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• HAHA! israhell cut cooperation with switzerland? Go ahead. Switzerland will be better off. The problem is that israel thinks it's way more important than it actually is.
• 12 minutes agoReply

Erich Trimmel
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• To please Israel; Angela Merkel is going to donate a submarine, which is cheaper as the Israel made refugees. One thing is clear; business as usual is not acceptable for Europe. I wonder if politician can sign up for an anti Zionistic insurance. They will need one.
• 14 minutes agoReply

Brigitte Meier
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• It would have been more courageous for the US to participate in this conference and to stand by human rights - Palestinians have the same human rights as Israelis - and make it clear to Israel that it has to leave the occupied territories to make room for a Palestinian state. As long as the US boycotts any move to address Israeli abuses and war crimes against the Palestinians, it is accomplice to these abuses and war crimes and responsible for the unnecessary and cruel beyond human bloodshed in Gaza in the last war.
• 15 minutes agoReply

sagbotgamot
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• Switzerland doesn't seem to realize that Israel is over and above them. It does not even respect the UN. even the most "powerful" country in the world - the USA, bows down to Israel.
• 24 minutes agoReply

Phildazz
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• I think that they'll be reviewing their cooperation with the whole world soon enough. The world maybe slow in charging the IDF with crimes against humanity but with God there's always justice, regardless of the countries under your control. You should know that from past history.
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Eliza Tan
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• Who cares about Israel?! Hahaha! Actually the landlord of eternity has already decommissioned Israel as his historic home town. We move to Europe since King David was actually European blooded. As can be seen by the movements of Peter. David was blond/brown haired European man and Solomon and everyone else of his line.
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Nick
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o The Philistines were of Caucasian stock as well. So you may have a point. The people who call themselves hebrews/jews may have simply been local semitic subjects conquered by David.
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