B’Tselem on Paris Conference: the occupation will not end without international action

On the occasion of the conference being held in Paris today (Sunday, 15 January 2017), B’Tselem reiterates its position that the international community must act to protect human rights and bring about an end to the occupation, which is a fundamental violation of human rights.

In this context, B’Tselem welcomes the broadest international adherence to Article 5 of recent Security Council Resolution 2334 to distinguish between Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 and the internationally recognized borders of the State of Israel.

While B’Tselem does not take a position on any specific political outcome for ending the occupation, we welcome a human rights based future, one that will guarantee justice and liberty for all people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. There are different paths to realize this future, but the continuation of occupation is not one of them. Israelis and Palestinians will one day end the occupation – but this will not happen without decisive international action.

Click here to read the official Middle East Peace Conference Joint Declaration.