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Amnesty: The Israeli “annexation” establishes the “jungle law”

Amnesty International called on the Israeli occupation authorities to immediately abandon their plans to “annex” more lands in the occupied West Bank, which violates international laws and further exacerbates systematic human rights violations against Palestinians. 

Amnesty International also calls on the international community to take resolute action against proposals for “annexation” and illegal “Israeli” settlements in the occupied territories.

“The international law is very clear in this regard – the annexation is illegal,” said Saleh Hijazi – Deputy Director of the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

He added that Israel’s continuation of this policy illustrates the blatant disregard for international law. Such policies do not change the legal status of lands under international law and the status of their inhabitants under occupation, nor do they negate Israel’s responsibilities as an occupying power – rather they refer to the “law of the jungle” which should not be It has a place in our world today. “

He stressed that “members of the international community must act to enforce international law, and reiterate that the” annexation “of any part of the occupied West Bank is null and void.

He stressed that they must work for an immediate halt to the construction or expansion of illegal Israeli settlements and related infrastructure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; This is as a first step towards removing the Israeli civilians who live in these settlements.

The organization added that under an agreement to form a coalition government in April, the Israeli Prime Minister “Benjamin Netanyahu” and the politician “Benny Gantz” agreed that the government and parliament will hold discussions on the local process to “annex” parts of the occupied West Bank, which includes the settlements ” Israel ”and the“ Jordan Valley ”region can start as of July 1.

The annexation is the claim of control over territory by force, a flagrant violation of international law.

Amnesty: The Israeli "annexation" establishes the "jungle law"

The organization stressed that such a move by Israel would violate the Charter of the United Nations, peremptory norms of international law, and obligations under international humanitarian law.

The prohibition of control of territory by force is enshrined as a fundamental principle in Article 2 (4) of the Charter of the United Nations.

The organization continued: members of the international community must work to enforce international law, and reaffirm that the “annexation” of any part of the occupied West Bank is null and void.

According to reports, the “Israeli” proposal may include approximately 33% of the total area of the West Bank.

Recently, dozens of United Nations experts have expressed concerns that the proposed annexation plan would create a “process of apartheid in the twenty-first century”.

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