Amnesty International urges governments to boycott settlement products

The human rights group issued a press release Wednesday, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Israel's military control over the West Bank and Gaza, urging the international community not to purchase goods made in the settlements.
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Amnesty International (AI) is calling on the international community to boycott goods manufactured in West Bank settlements.

In a new campaign launched on its website, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Israel's military control over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the human rights organization said Israel "disrupts every aspect of daily life" in these territories.

"For decades, the world has stood by as Israel has destroyed Palestinians’ homes and plundered their land and natural resources for profit," said a press statement issued Wednesday by AI's secretary-general Salil Shetty. "While the Palestinian economy has been stunted by 50 years of abusive policies, a thriving multi-million dollar settlement enterprise has been built out of the systematic oppression of the Palestinian population."

"Fifty years on, merely condemning Israel’s settlement expansion is not enough," the statement said. "It’s time for states to take concrete international action to stop the financing of settlements which themselves flagrantly violate international law and constitute war crimes."

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