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'Dozens hurt' as Palestinians clash with Israeli troops

20 May 2017

About half the detainees have been held in administrative detention, a legal situation involving imprisonment without charges, trial, conviction or meaningful due process, U.N. Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk said in a statement. They carried Palestinian flags and signs critical of alleged United Nations bias toward Israel, Jordan's Petra News Agency said.

"However, at the same time, the Church can not ignore fundamental injustice or acts that endanger peace and the welfare of the human person", the commission said.

"Settlements are illegal under worldwide law", reads the resolution, which singles out the Knesset's approval in February of the "'regularization law, ' which allows retroactive legalization of settlements built on Palestinian properties without the consent of the legitimate private owners".

In addition, "the local Church in Israel-Palestine" has a duty to remind the "Universal Church" that the situation cannot be considered normal.

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"Some of these forms of discrimination are embedded in legislation, but others are indirect and hidden".

The clashes come days before Trump arrives in the region, where he will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders. "In this context, " acting as if" things were normal ignores the violation of fundamental human rights". The world must continue to demand for the release of thousands of Palestinians kept for years in Israeli jails. The text "calls for equal rights for all citizens of Israel" and on Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza.

The resolution said the "settlements are illegal under worldwide law [and] that the recent decisions to establish a new settlement deep inside the West Bank, to issue tenders for nearly 2000 settlement units and to declare further land deep inside the West Bank as "state land" further undermine prospects for a viable two-state solution".

The Church's job is to denounce injustices "like prophets of old" and "encourages dialogue with all people, including Israelis, individuals and organizations, who recognize the need to end occupation and eliminate discrimination".

'Dozens hurt' as Palestinians clash with Israeli troops