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The ICRC's opinion is that the West Bank Barrier, in as far as its route deviates from the "Green Line" into occupied territory, is contrary to IHL. The problems affecting the Palestinian population in their daily lives clearly demonstrate that it runs counter to Israel's obligation under IHL to ensure the humane treatment and well-being of the civilian population living under its occupation. The measures taken by the Israeli authorities linked to the construction of the Barrier in occupied territory go far beyond what is permissible for an occupying power under IHL. These findings are based on the ICRC's monitoring of the living conditions of the Palestinian population and on its analysis of the applicable IHL provisions. The Israeli authorities have been regularly informed about the ICRC's humanitarian and legal concerns.
The ICRC therefore calls upon Israel not to plan, construct or maintain this Barrier within occupied territory.
For further information, please contact:
Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 22 730 2930
Uriel Masad, ICRC Tel Aviv, tel. ++972 64 681 455
Simon Schorno, ICRC Jerusalem, tel. ++972 52 956 371