Israeli settlement activities against international law: EU, Arab League
The European Union and the Arab League have denounced Israel’s illegal settlement activities, calling for international efforts to end the regime’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian lands.
In a declaration adopted Tuesday at the fourth meeting of EU and Arab League foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the two sides stressed the need for the regime in Tel Aviv to stop its land grab and demolition of Palestinian homes.
“The Ministers reaffirmed their shared position that Israeli settlement policy, including in occupied East al-Quds, and related actions such as demolitions and confiscation - including of EU-funded projects – and forced transfers are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace,” read the declaration.
They also “urged Israel not to adopt legislation which would allow for the legalization of outposts and settlements in the occupied West Bank by confiscating private Palestinian property rights, which could have far reaching consequences.”
“The international community should work with all relevant stakeholders to end the Israeli occupation that began in 1967,” the statement stressed.
Ever since its 1967 occupation and later annexation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and al-Quds, the usurper regime of Israel has been either manifestly or insidiously grabbing Palestinian land by expanding settlements and forcing out Palestinians under various pretexts.
The measures have so far led to the construction of more than 120 illegal settlements occupied by over half a million Israelis in the territories.
The United Nations and most countries regard the settlements to be illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war that year and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.
The Knesset, the Israeli regime's parliament, is debating a bill to legalize some 4,000 settler units in the West Bank. The UN has condemned the draft legislation as “unequivocally illegal,” saying the move would be in contravention of international law.