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5 November 2013
Agenda item 69 (c)
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights
situations and reports of special rapporteurs
Situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
Note by the Secretary-General
The ninth sentence
These case studies aim to determine whether the Dexia Group and Re/Max International, through providing loans and through advertising and selling properties in settlements, provide knowing assistance that amounts to aiding in the commission of international crime associated with transferring the citizens of the Occupying Power to the occupied territory.
The last sentence
The Special Rapporteur previously reported on the activities of Dexia Israel Bank Limited (Dexia Israel), of which the Dexia Group is the majority shareholder, such as providing loans to settlements on the West Bank.
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The first sentence
Can the Dexia Group be held accountable for loans granted by Dexia Israel to Israeli settlements?
Moreover, in keeping with common article 1 of the Geneva Conventions, Belgium and France, as States parties to the Convention, are obligated to respect and ensure respect for the Conventions. At present, they are majority shareholders in a company that provides loans to settlements in occupied Palestine and, in this connection, are violating their obligation to ensure respect for the Conventions.
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If Dexia Israel is providing loans to the regional council, or facilitating grants allocated by Mifal HaPais, these types of assistance directly contribute to the settlement’s growth, and therefore materially facilitate the transfer of Israeli citizens to occupied territory.
The fifth sentence
In this case, Belgium and France could be responsible for reparations to Palestinians adversely affected by settlements that received loans from Dexia Israel.
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The Special Rapporteur recommends that Belgium and France compensate Palestinians who have been directly affected by the settlements to which Dexia Israel has provided loans or administered grants.