The annexation project: the threat of ethnic cleansing and extensive land expropriation

The so-called Israeli “Civil Administration” has begun preparing for the possibility that it will soon be asked to count the Palestinians currently residing in Area C, especially those to which Israeli laws will be applied according to the American plan, according to what was stated in The settlement report issued by the National Office for the Defense of the Earth and the Settlement Resistance, today, Saturday.

The report indicated that the purpose of the census is to determine the number of Palestinians present in those areas, and to prevent new Palestinians from accessing them with a view to trying to obtain Israeli citizenship, noting that teams from the “Civil Administration” will be equipped with technological means to conduct the census, and their mission will be to move from one house to another In specific villages to know the population.

The report stated that the decision to annex, with its meaning to extend control and Israeli law over the areas covered by the annexation, would lead to the confiscation of vast and unprecedented areas of private property of Palestinian citizens of lands and real estate, and the expulsion and displacement of their owners, or in the event that this is not possible to preserve their presence Temporarily as “resident aliens”, and they can easily be expelled from them later to be replaced by herds of settlers, and the consequent increase in their criminal activity and influence.

And according to Israeli estimates, more than 107 thousand Palestinians reside in more than 43 villages and population centers covered by the Israeli annexation plan, according to the report.

According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the residents of these villages will maintain their Palestinian citizenship, and they will be given the choice between staying under Israeli control or moving to the Palestinian Authority areas of the West Bank, which clearly involves the risk of ethnic cleansing, according to the report.

He added that Netanyahu pays clear attention to the issue of annexation, for considerations related to some of his political future, but under pressure from the internal opposition in Israel and the broad international opposition to the annexation plans, he could resort, in the course of implementing the project, to a series of political maneuvers. He explained that this is why Netanyahu continues his meetings with the heads of West Bank settlement councils, and with leaders of the parties participating in the government coalition, to discuss the annexation scheme.

The settlement report stated, “It seems that Netanyahu is going under pressure from the international opposition to his policy in this regard to refrain from a wide annexation step from the West Bank due to fears of the potential repercussions of the annexation in its expanded form on all security, economic and political levels, as evidenced by the visit of the German Foreign Minister Haikou Mas to Israel as well as a part of the settlers’ opposition to Netanyahu’s plan as it draws the borders. “

The report stated that imposing Israeli control and laws on all settlements in isolation from the annexation plan is acceptable to the settlers and the more extreme right, because imposing control and laws ensures that no final borders are defined and implied consent to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

On the other hand, the report referred to the abolition of the Supreme Court in Israel, “the settlement law”, which is one of the most important laws enacted by the previous Netanyahu government, where the law was proposed by members of Knesset from the “Jewish House” and “Likud” parties, in an attempt to circumvent Israeli Supreme Court decisions to vacate illegal outposts built on private Palestinian land. He explained that the “settlement law”, which was approved by the Israeli Knesset by a majority of 60 members on February 6, 2017, which allows settlement construction on lands owned by a private Palestinian and prevents the evacuation of settlement outposts in an attempt to whitewash and legalize settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Commenting on the court’s decision, the Likud issued a brief statement saying: “It is regrettable that the Supreme Court intervened and repealed an important law on settlement and its future. We will work to re-enact the law,” according to the report.

And as soon as the Supreme Court decision was issued, supporters of religious Zionism and settler leaders rushed to issue statements through which they attacked the Israeli High and accused them of “undermining the foundations of the democratic system”, condemning what they considered “the judiciary’s control over the legislative and executive branches,” according to the report.

Sources close to Netanyahu stressed that “the measures of annexation and the imposition of Israeli sovereignty over areas in the West Bank will address the issue of illegal outposts established on private Palestinian lands.” In the same context, and after only one day, Likud MK Michael Michal submitted a new settlement bill that would legalize settlement construction on private Palestinian land in the West Bank, and in accordance with the Likud’s pledge, after the Supreme Court canceled by a majority of 8 judges versus one judge. , The “Settlement Law” enacted in 2017, according to the report.

He stated that with the approaching date of annexation, settlement plans and projects of the occupation authorities and the settlers’ flocks in the various governorates of the West Bank are continuing under the auspices of the occupation forces and police. He explained that the municipality of “Moshe Leoon” plans to implement a plan to Judaize large parts of the Jerusalem neighborhoods in Wadi Al-Joz, Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Masarra, by converting vast areas of them to a settlement investment center. The occupation municipality started the implementation of the scheme by distributing orders to violate 200 commercial and industrial establishments in the industrial zone in Wadi Al-Joz, to announce at a later time the start of the first phase of the plan targeting more than 2000 dunums of Jerusalem neighborhoods adjacent to the old town. This scheme would transform large parts of Jerusalem into an area of ​​attraction and investment in settlements due to the commercial and tourist areas that will be established in the region, in addition to using it to link the eastern part of the city with its western part.

Also in occupied Jerusalem, the leaders of the far-right from the terrorist “youth of the hills” storming the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque came under heavy guard from the occupation police and its special forces, in light of the call by the alleged Temple groups to intensify the incursions into the mosque on the eve of talking about opening parts of a new tunnel in the Mughrabi Gate and the Buraq Wall Early next month, according to the report.

The report conveyed what was said on the settlement youth site of Al-Tilal, which joined in its endeavors to the alleged temple groups in the incursions into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, that efforts are being made to secure periodic incursions into settlers during the next stage, and that elements from the extreme right are working as volunteers within the excavations around the wall Al-Buraq, in preparation for opening a tunnel under construction.

In Nablus, the village of Asira al-Qibliya in the south was attacked by settlers guarding the occupation forces, particularly in the eastern region, where they spread in the vicinity of the houses and clashes erupted in the place, which ended with the withdrawal of settlers from the village towards the settlement of “Yitzhar”, while settlers from the “Rahalim” settlement damaged tires of 8 vehicles in the village Al-Sawiya, south of the city, also wrote slogans threatening revenge against the Palestinians and glorifying the Jewish people on a number of vehicles and on the walls of several houses, according to the settlement report. Adding that settlers attacked the citizens in Khirbet Tana of the town of Beit Furik in the east, and others burned a vehicle in the town of Zita, south of Nablus and wrote racist slogans. Others also set fire to the lands of the citizens of the villages of Al-Sawiya and Wattama, south of Nablus, which led to the burning of many of them before the villagers rushed to extinguish them.

The occupation continues to construct settlement roads in the northern West Bank, as the occupation forces started removing and destroying hundreds of olive trees from the area between the junction of the settlement “Yitzhar” and the “Luna Park” park in the Hawara Plain in order to establish a special bypass road to serve the settlers south of Nablus, which runs from a roundabout. Yitzhar “to the Za’tara checkpoint, reaching Al-Sawiya village, south of Nablus, with a length of about 7 km, through which 406 dunums will be taken. The bulldozers of the occupation also started to construct a road in a mountainous area from the land of Furosh Beit Dajan, to the west of the settlement “Al-Hamra” built on Palestinian lands in the central Palestinian valleys, northeast of the West Bank, according to the report.

The report stated that in Salfit governorate, the oldest settlers of the settlement “Brukhin” built on the lands of the citizens of Kafr Al-Dik and Buruqin, broke out a number of olive trees in the northeastern region of the town from the land of the citizen Nafez Ahmed, which is called the mound of Kohl, which holds the number of basin 8, and adjacent to the settlement Prokhin, an area of ​​19 dunums planted with perennial olive trees, and the landowner was surprised by the settlers breaking and destroying perennial trees without notice, while the occupation authorities notified the seizure of 160 dunums of Qalqilya governorate, and dozens of citizens handed over decisions to seize a portion of their land Located in the city, and the villages of Habla to the south and Nabi Elias to the east for the purpose of settlement expansion, knowing that some of these lands lie behind the Apartheid Wall.

At the same time, the so-called Council of Settlement Communities (Yesha) submitted a settlement plan bearing the number 19683 / A to expand the “Adam” settlement northeast of Jerusalem by 1294 settlement units, knowing that the same scheme was previously reduced in 2018 to 400 settlement units with the approval of the Minister of Security and the Army At the time, Avigdor Lieberman, according to the report.

The settlers claimed in their supplementary plan that the number of settlers in “Adam” is about 1,200 families and during the next three years the number will double according to expectations to link the settlement to the network of roads and tunnels that are being built and extended during the next two years. According to the plan, which was presented by attorney and planner of cities Avichy Rummanovich before the Planning Committee of the Military Government in Beit El, settlement units will be built in the northeastern part of the settlement, and the project includes an industrial and agricultural area, a bus stop, a fuel station, and three layers of construction according to the land scale. Its settlement assembly council is working to double the number and increase the area of ​​land allocated to it at the expense of the Palestinian lands in Hazma, Jaba` and Makhamas, as it swallows a large area of ​​the lands of these villages, according to the report.

According to the plan, which is heading east to expand, to form a chain of settlements linking the settlements of Al-Wasat to the Jordan Valley, especially the settlements of “Almon”, Anot, and “New Megorn”, “Neve Pratt”, “Maalot Mukhamas” and “Kfar Adameem” and “Givat Assaf” to the north on the lands of Deir Dibwan and Barqa to form a settlement barrier in the middle of the West Bank, isolating it from the Ghor area. Both the Adam and Shair Binyamin settlement will be linked to it and expand their influence after the change in traffic and the process of linking them And between the main street, Jerusalem Tel Aviv 443, which is an introduction to the construction of the settlement neighborhood on the lands of Jerusalem-Qalandia Airport and the expansion of the industrial zone “Atarot” to include the areas west and north of the current area, according to the report.

The report added that the American administration is ignoring in various ways international justice by targeting the criminal court, as it continues its attack on the rule of law in the world, which places the United States in the rank of those who commit human rights violations and cover them up, as the US President Trump imposed economic sanctions and a travel ban On the staff of the International Criminal Court.

The International Criminal, in a commentary, said it supports its employees and officials, describing the US sanctions as the latest in a series of “unacceptable” attacks on them, according to what was quoted in the report.

For its part, Human Rights Watch considered that the measures announced by the Trump administration against the court are an escalation of Washington’s efforts to obstruct justice for victims of serious crimes. “The assets freeze and travel ban should be for human rights violators, not those who seek to bring violators of rights to justice,” said Richard Dicker, director of international justice at Human Rights Watch.

In the opposite direction, the European Court of Human Rights issued a decision to annul a court ruling against members of the campaign to boycott settlement products in Europe. In 2011, a French court sentenced 11 activists for racism, incitement, and anti-Semitism. The European Court decided after 9 years of legal debate in the case, considering that the boycott movement’s work is legitimate under the tenth paragraph of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of opinion and freedom of expression, according to the report.

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Netherlands: Israeli annexation plan violates international law

The Netherlands confirmed that the Israeli annexation plan constitutes a violation of international law and makes the two-state solution based on international law, previous agreements and international standards impossible.

The Netherlands, through its Foreign Minister Steve Block, and Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaj, in their response to questions posed by the right-wing party leader, “Thierry Bodett”, stressed the illegitimacy of the settlements, that they are an obstacle to achieving peace and a two-state solution, and that The annexation violates international law, and acceptance of it is a dangerous precedent in other conflict areas.

The two ministers reaffirmed the official Dutch position, regarding the illegality and annexation of settlements, as an obstacle to the peace process.

They expressed the Netherlands and the European Union’s commitment to persuade Israel to refrain from carrying out the annexation, as the Dutch government refers to the statement issued by the European Union’s High Representative, Josep Borrell, on May 18 last.

The Netherlands, along with other countries including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and the European Union delegation, urged the cancellation of a tender for the construction of new settlement units in Givat Hamatos.

(Source / 14.06.2020)

4 civilians were wounded with metal bullets and dozens suffocated during the suppression of the occupation march in Kafr Qaddum

4 civilians were injured by rubber-coated metal bullets and dozens of suffocation, today, Saturday, as a result of the Israeli occupation forces’ suppression of the Kafr Qaddum weekly anti-settlement demonstration east of Qalqilya.

The coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kafr Qaddum Murad Shtaiwi told Wafa that the occupation forces stormed the town after the start of the march and fired a barrage of metal bullets and gas bombs, which resulted in the injury of 4 citizens with metal bullets and dozens of suffocation due to inhaling tear gas, and they were treated Field.

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Massive protest against Israel demolition of Islamic cemetery in Yafa

On Monday, Israeli bulldozers started the demolition of the cemetery in preparation for building a new Israeli housing project

The grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ekrima Sabri (R), leads a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest as dozens of Palestinian residents of Jaffa gather to protest the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces seen as Palestinian residents of Jaffa gather to protest the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities after a Friday prayer in an open area in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian residents of Jaffa perform a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest against the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian residents of Jaffa perform a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest against the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces seen as Palestinian residents of Jaffa gather to protest the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities after a Friday prayer in an open area in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]

Hundreds of Palestinian residents of the city of Yafa organised a protest on Tuesday against the Israeli demolition of a historic Islamic cemeteryAnadolu Agency reported.

Protestors performed the Friday prayer and started a march condemning the Israeli decision to demolish the Islamic Al-Isaaf Cemetery located in the north of the city of Yafa.

On Monday, Israeli bulldozers started the demolition of the cemetery in preparation for building a new Israeli housing project.

The protestors gathered in the cemetery in an attempt to stop the demolition. The city council called the police who tried to guard the demolition, resulting in clashes with the protestors after Israeli police fired tear gas and used sound bombs against them.

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, who is currently banned by the Israeli occupation from entering the holy site, delivered the Friday khotba.

He conveyed that exhuming tombs is prevented in Islam in order to preserve the dignity of the those buried, stressing that the cemetery is a land of Islamic endowment and is owned by all Muslims.

“We call on you to protect the cemeteries,” Sabri told the gathering, expressing that “defending cemeteries is defending lands, and defending the dead is defending a legitimate right.”

Sabri shared his hope that the cemetery is protected by Allah, and not by a UN Security Council resolution or by the international community.

Al-Isaaf Cemetery, which dates back to Ottoman times, includes hundreds of burials of Muslims who were laid there before the Israeli occupation of the city in 1948.

Palestinian residents of Jaffa perform a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest against the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces seen as Palestinian residents of Jaffa gather to protest the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities after a Friday prayer in an open area in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces seen as Palestinian residents of Jaffa gather to protest the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities after a Friday prayer in an open area in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
The grand imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ekrima Sabri (R), leads a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest as dozens of Palestinian residents of Jaffa gather to protest the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces seen as Palestinian residents of Jaffa gather to protest the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities after a Friday prayer in an open area in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian residents of Jaffa perform a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest against the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian residents of Jaffa perform a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest against the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian residents of Jaffa perform a Friday prayer in the open area ahead of a protest against the destruction of the historic Muslim Al-Isaf cemetery affiliated to Tel Aviv municipality by Israeli authorities in Jaffa, Israel on June 12, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]

(Source / 14.06.2020)

Armed Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Home in Hebron

Several armed Israeli settlers attacked, late Friday evening, a Palestinian home in the West Bank city of Hebron, mainly between the colonial Israeli settlements of Kiryat Arba’ and Giv’at Havout.

Local Palestinian sources in Hebron city said that illegal Israeli settlers vandalized the home of Abdelkareem Al-Ja’bary by smashing its windows.

The owner of the home, Al-Ja’bary, told media outlets that at least twelve colonialist settlers threw rocks at his home, late on Friday evening, breaking the windows of the home, in addition to those of some of the vehicles outside.

He noted that the attack occurred only meters away from the Israeli occupation’s local police center in the area.

Al-Ja’bary further explained that those colonial settlers have recently escalated their attacks against local Palestinian homes and have forcibly prevented local Palestinian residents from reaching their own farm lands, located next to their homes.

Dr. Ahmad Amro, coordinator for the Youth Against Israeli Illegal Settlement group, asserted that the latest colonial settlers’ attack on the Al-Ja’bary family is a part of the settlers’ attempts to force the family out from the area.

The settlers continually harass Palestinians in order to seize the family’s home and farm land, prior to annexing the Palestinian land to the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba’, located north of the Palestinian Islamic shrine of Al-Ibrahimi mosque.

Amro added that all Palestinian official and popular institutions are required to support the steadfastness of the Ja’bary family and all other nearby families, in defiance of continued colonial settlers’ attacks on homes and farm lands.

He emphasized the need to re-install some local guarding groups, across Hebron city, in order to curb armed settlers’ attacks on local Palestinians.

Colonial settlers’ attacks on Palestinian properties have recently increased, not just in Hebron, but in other parts of the Palestinian West Bank. The recent wave of attacks were triggered by the Israeli government’s intention to annex a large portion of the occupied West Bank to Israeli sovereignty, as early as next month.

(Source / 14.06.2020)

Palestinian Family Forced to Demolish Two Apartment Buildings in East Jerusalem

By means of harsh Israeli orders, in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, a Palestinian family was forced to demolish its own apartment buildings, according to local sources.

Palestinian sources in the village of Sur Baher in East Jerusalem, said that the Rabay’a family was forced to knock down its own apartment buildings.

Relatives, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the family were forced to demolish their own two apartments, in order to avoid paying high fees to the Israeli municipality, if the occupation authorities had executed the demolition.

According to the Rabay’a family, the demolition order they recently received, came three months after they had completed construction of the apartments, in which members of the family were supposed to be accommodated.

The family added that the Israeli authorities alleged that the apartments have been built without an Israeli issued license by the municipal authorities in the occupied Palestinian-Arab city.

Noteworthy, since Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, authorities in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, have been imposing severe regulations on Palestinian residents, allowing urban development only under certain conditions and criterion.

The Rabay’a family told the Palestinian Information Center that the occupation authorities threatened an 80,000 New Israeli Shekels (NIS) or $23,000 USD fine if the Israeli military carried out the demolition.

According to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, International Humanitarian Law establishes that the people who live in the occupied territory [Palestine] prior to the occupation are considered “protected persons” and may not be subjected to collective punishment or violence, their private property may not be confiscated, their dignity may not be violated and they may not be expelled from their homes.

(Source / 14.06.2020)

In Video| Israeli bulldozers demolish two Palestinian houses in Lod

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers on Sunday demolished two residential houses owned by the family of Abu Zayed in occupied Lod inside the Green Line.

Arab 48 website reported that Israeli bulldozers accompanied by the Israeli police broke into the houses this morning and started demolishing them under the pretext of being built without permits.

It added that the Israeli police prevented Palestinians from approaching the area and sealed off the area until it completed the demolition.

Muhammad Abu Shreiqi, member of the municipality of Lod, said that the demolitions policy in Lod has never stopped as the Israeli authorities deny Palestinians their right to naturally grow and get construction permits while demolishes their houses without providing any other alternative, attempting to force them to leave.

The houses are owned by Abu Zayed family. They were both under construction.

Several Palestinian cities inside the Green Line have been seeing a dramatic increase in demolitions and demolition orders under the pretext of having no permits.Quds News Network@Qudsn_en

Under the pretext of construction without a permit, #Israeli occupation authorities demolish two homes belonging to Palestinians in the city of Lod in occupied #Palestine, today.

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In Pictures| Angry protests in occupied Jaffa continue after Israeli decision to demolish Islamic cemetery

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- For over a week, the locals of occupied Jaffa continued to protest against the Israeli decision to demolish an Islamic cemetery in the occupied city.

A wave of angry protests has been sweeping the occupied city against the Israeli plans to demolish Al Is’af Islamic cemetery and build residential buildings instead.

The protesters set fires to dumpsters and threw Molotov cocktails at the building of Jaffa’s municipality last night after the Israeli authorities cracked down on several peaceful protests and arrested several protesters.

Last Friday, the Israeli police has closed several main roads and deployed throughout Palestinian neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, locals of the city set a set-in tent near the cemetery and performed Friday prayer at it. After performing prayers, they walked in a peaceful march that was repressed by the Israeli police.

Last Monday, the Israeli police accompanied by bulldozers broke into the cemetery and started leveling it, while dozens of protesters reached the cemetery to stop the leveling operations.

(Source / 14.06.2020)

Netanyahu: ICC is a political body that is hostile toward ‘Israel’

Netanyahu supported President Trump’s decision to impose sanctions against the ICC employees investigating abuses by Americans and Israelis

(QNN) – Hailing President Trump’s decision to impose sanctions against the ICC employees investigating abuses by Americans and Israelis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote Today on Twitter that ICC is “hostile towards Israel.”Benjamin Netanyahu@netanyahu · 

I would like to commend President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo for their decision to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Benjamin Netanyahu✔@netanyahu

The court in The Hague is a political body that is hostile toward Israel, the US and other democracies that respect human rights even as it ignores other countries that violate human rights, especially – of course – the terrorist regime in Iran.

He also claimed, “the court invents absurd accusations against the State of Israel, including the scandalous claim that the presence of Jews in the heart of our homeland constitutes a war crime.

Benjamin Netanyahu✔@netanyahu · Replying to @netanyahu

The court in The Hague is a political body that is hostile toward Israel, the US and other democracies that respect human rights even as it ignores other countries that violate human rights, especially – of course – the terrorist regime in Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu✔@netanyahu

The court invents absurd accusations against the State of Israel, including the scandalous claim that the presence of Jews in the heart of our homeland constitutes a war crime.

In 2019, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said she would launch a full investigation into war crimes committed by the occupation state in Palestine.

However, Netanyahu said in a statement that the court has “no jurisdiction in this case.

PM of Israel✔@IsraeliPM · 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
“This is a dark day for truth and justice.
The ICC prosecutor has decided not to dismiss outright the Palestinian claim against the State of Israel. It is a baseless and outrageous decision.

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PM of Israel@IsraeliPM

The court has no jurisdiction in this case. The ICC only has jurisdiction over petitions submitted by sovereign states. But there has never been a Palestinian state.

The ICC has the authority to hear cases of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed on the 123 countries that have signed up to it, however ‘Israel’ has not joined the court but the Palestinian Authority did.

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Netherlands, Morocco reject proposed Israeli annexation plan

The governments of the Netherlands and Morocco expressed on Saturday their opposition to the proposed Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, saying the plan breaches international law and resolutions.

Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, reiterated the country’s position on the illegal Israeli settlements, describing them as an obstacle to achieving peace and a two-state solution.

Read More: Anglican Church of Canada urges government to take action against Israeli annexation plan

Responding to a question by Thierry Baudet, leader of the Dutch Forum for Democracy, the two ministers confirmed that an Israeli annexation will be a breach of international law, and that accepting it will be a dangerous precedent in other conflict areas.

They expressed the Netherlands and the European Union’s commitment to pressure Israel to refrain from going ahead with the annexation.

Read More: Thousands in Israel protest Netanyahu’s annexation plan

Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Morocco affirmed its rejection of all unilateral steps and measures that may be taken by the Israeli authorities in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including the West Bank or in East Jerusalem.

Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said any Israeli annexation of occupied lands will breach the principle of the internationally agreed two-state solution, as well as undermine all efforts aimed at achieving a just and comprehensive peace.

He said his country will remain a key supporter of the Palestinian just cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to live in freedom and dignity. Bourita added that Morocco was concerned about the dangerous repercussions of an Israeli annexation to the security and stability of the entire region.

(Source / 14.06.2020)