Palestine welcomes US' position on Israeli settlements, but says it is not enough

MENA , Saturday 7 May 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomed the stand announced by the US State Department regarding the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, but considered it insufficient and does not rise to the level of the crimes of settlement construction, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank
A general view shows the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, Thursday, March 10, 2022. AP


The ministry said in a statement in response to the announcement by the Israeli occupation authorities of the approval of building 4,000 new settlement units in the West Bank, demolishing 12 villages in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron Governorate, and seizing 22,000 dunums of land in the Jordan Valley that “these plans are a flagrant violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions, a coup against the signed agreements, inflame tension and undermine trust and the two-state solution.”

It considered them an official Israeli contempt of the positions of the US administration and the international community on settlements, and systematic Israeli sabotage of regional and US efforts to achieve calm.

The ministry held the Israeli government fully and directly responsible for these expansionist colonial plans, and their repercussions on the chances of achieving peace, noting that they rise to the level of a war crime and a crime against humanity held accountable by international law.

It stressed that it is following up on these issues with the International Criminal Court and the United Nations and its councils and specialized organizations with the aim of mobilizing the widest condemnations of these plans, to exert pressure on the Israeli government to stop them immediately and to push the international community to stop the policy of double standards and impose sanctions on Israel for violating its obligations as an occupying power in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

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