Practice Relating to Rule 130. Transfer of Own Civilian Population into Occupied Territory
In 2009, in answer to a written question in the Lower House of Parliament (Lok Sabha
), India’s Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs stated: “India had … called for an end to the expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories”.
In 2012, in a statement during a UN Security Council open debate on the Middle East, the permanent representative of India stated:
3. … [T]he complete cessation of settlement activities is of utmost importance. …
4. … [I]f there is one issue that has become the major hindrance to the peace process, it is Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. … Settlement activities have also exacerbated the humanitarian problems of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. They have led to violence and aggravation of tension between the Israeli settlers and the Palestinian population. We, therefore, reiterate our call for Israel to stop all settlement activities.