Israeli bill allowing West Bank settlements violates international law, says UN

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Israeli bill allowing West Bank settlements violates international law, says UN

Post by Irn Bru on Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:26 am

A new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish settler outposts in the Palestinian West Bank is in violation of international law, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday.

Guterres said he "deeply regrets" the adoption of the bill which many governments worldwide see as the latest bid to erode the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel," Guterres said in a statement.

The UN chief again stressed the need to avoid "any actions that would derail the two-state solution" and said such issues must be resolved through negotiations.

Settlements in both the West Bank and east Jerusalem are viewed as illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians want for their own state.

The new law passed by the Israeli parliament late Monday allows the appropriation of private Palestinian land for Jewish settler outposts, a move the Palestinians said was a means to "legalise theft".

Guterres joined an international outcry over the parliament's decision, but the new US administration of President Donald Trump has refused to comment.

Another illegal land grab in the face of international law. It just goes on and on and they are allowed to get away with it.
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