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Reactions to Israeli Settlements Continue, Palestine Turning to European Court of Justice


7Dnews London - Ahmed Fathi

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:52 GMT

As Arab and international condemnations of the US decision to consider Israeli settlements "legitimate" continues, Palestine has announced that it will go to the European Court of Justice to pursue its case.

Palestinian Presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh said on Wednesday November 20th that Palestine would go to the European Court of Justice to face the US decision on Israeli settlements.

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, Abu Rudeineh stressed that "the relationship with America will not return as long as the US administration continues its policy," noting that the continuation of these mistakes would lead to the devastation of the entire region.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington has become opposed to the position of former US administrations regarding the establishment of Israeli settlements, and considers the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to be permissible under international law.

"America is making a historic mistake by following a colonial policy of its situation on Jerusalem and settlements," Abu Rudeineh said.

The spokesperson said that the solution that the US administration should review its choices because the Palestinian people will remain steadfast on their land, no matter what the sacrifice.

The US decision is widely seen as a contradiction of international law and Security Council resolutions on the illegality of settlements on occupied territory.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that "the US administration's decision to legislate settlements is a sudden shock to the world order and international legitimacy, and it is proof that the administration shows no commitment to international law, regional security, human rights or even its own interests."

The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, said that "the American voice is not a supporter of peace but a voice inciting against the Palestinian people and encouraging Israel to move forward with the illegal annexation of our land.

"The international community has rejected all these policies, and we are confident that the international community's position is firm and consistent and rejects the recent declaration," he added in his speech on November 20th during the monthly UN Security Council session on the situation in the Middle East.

An official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed the Kingdom's rejection of the US government statements that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank are legitimate and do not violate international law.

The source added that the Israeli construction of settlements stands an obstacle to achieving peace and stability in the Middle East and the two-state solution.

At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain reiterated the Kingdom's firm rejection of the Israeli settlements established in the Palestinian territories.

The Foreign Ministry, quoted by the Bahraini News Agency, on Wednesday said that the construction of settlements carries serious repercussions and would hamper efforts to reach a comprehensive peace in the region based on a two-state solution.

The spokesperson for UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric stressed that the UN's stance toward the illegal Israeli settlements remains unchanged.

"The Secretary-General deplores the announcement by the United States and the stance of the United Nations has not changed," he said.

Moreover, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory Michael Lynk also condemned the US' declaration. "This inevitably breaks international consensus and will only prolong the Israeli occupation," said Lynk.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said Wednesday that the European Union should recognise a Palestinian state, Reuters reported.

"Recognition of Palestine as a state is neither known nor an open mandate, but a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to their state," Asselborn said.

Following the announcement, the EU said it still believed settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories was illegal under international law. The Vatican also commented on the recent US' decision by saying it "endangers the already fragile peace process between Israelis and Palestinians."

Canada on Tuesday backed a UN resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state. Canada joined 165 other countries by voting yes to the resolution supporting "the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination" in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

After previously siding with the US, Canada now wants to reaffirm its commitment to a two-state solution and "equal rights and self-determination for all peoples".

Meanwhile, Israeli forces continue their campaign of settlement, arresting on Wednesday three Palestinians from Hebron city in the occupied West Bank.

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