Palestinian Officials Denounce US Decision on Settlements

19 Nov
1:05 AM

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said, today, that the announcement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that the Israeli settlements in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank do not violate international law, is null and void, condemned and totally contradicts with international law, resolutions of the international legitimacy that reject settlements, and Security Council resolutions, especially resolution 2334.

Abu Rudeineh stressed that the US administration is not qualified or authorized to cancel the resolutions of the international legitimacy, and does not have the right to give any legitimacy to the Israeli settlements.

While rejecting these statements and previous resolutions on Jerusalem, the Palestinian presidency called on world governments to reject them and condemn them because they are illegal and threaten international peace and security.

The spokesman reiterated that the US administration has totally lost all credibility and no longer has any role in the peace process. “We hold the American administration fully responsible for any repercussions of this dangerous step.”

WAFA further reports that Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), today, also denounced statements by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Israeli settlements, stressing that this announcement threatens the international system.

“International law and system clearly define the illegality of all Israeli settlements, including by the International Court of Justice, the UN Security Council, and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” said Erekat in a statement. “Under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Israel’s long-standing settlement policy in occupied Palestine falls within the definition of war crimes.”

Erekat added: “Israeli settlements steal Palestinian land, seize and exploit Palestinian natural resources, and divide, displace and restrict the movement of the people of Palestine. In sum, Israel’s colonial-settlement enterprise perpetuates the negation of the Palestinian right to self-determination.”

He stressed that, “Once again, with this announcement, the Trump administration is demonstrating the extent to which it’s threatening the international system with its unceasing attempts to replace international law with the ‘law of the jungle’.”

Henceforth, he added, “the international community must take all necessary measures to respond and deter this irresponsible US behavior, which poses a threat to global stability, security, and peace. The only way towards achieving peace in Palestine, Israel, and the entire Middle East is with the freedom and independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

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