Feb 15, 2021 15:13 UTC
  • British Consul-General says Israeli settlements illegal

The British Consul-General in al-Quds says the Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories are “illegal” and hindering negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis.

"We are frankly talking with the Israelis about the importance of halting all the settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” Philip Hall said in an interview with official television station Palestine TV, which was broadcast on Monday.

He also expressed his country’s concern over the acts of violence committed by Israeli setters against the Palestinian people.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the Occupied Territories in several resolutions.

Hall said the past few years were “tough,” adding that there was no opportunity to improve the situation on the ground, especially since the administration of former US President Donald Trump recognized al-Quds as Israel’s capital in a move rejected by Britain and others.

Trump sparked controversy by officially recognizing al-Quds as the Israeli “capital” in December 2017, before moving the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv in May 2018.

Israel lays claim to the entire al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 478, adopted on August 20, 1980, prohibits countries from establishing diplomatic missions in al-Quds.

Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with East al-Quds as its capital, have condemned the US pro-Israel agenda.