London (QNN)- 127 British politicians from all parties have written to the British Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary urging them to make clear publicly to the occupation state that any annexation of occupied Palestinian territory “will have severe consequences including sanctions”.
The letter, signed by the former Tory chairman Lord Patten and the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, says annexation would be clearly illegal under international law.
“International law is crystal clear. The acquisition of territory through war is prohibited,” the document reads.
The signatories, which also include diplomats and prominent campaigners, point out that the UK did not hesitate to sanction Russia after the annexation of Crimea, noting that any move in the West Bank would warrant a similar response.
“Britain quite properly opposed these acts with appropriate measures, including robust sanctions,” the letter said.
The Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu), which organised the letter, said “Politicians including former cabinet members, ministers and senior diplomats, demanded actions not words in opposing any Israeli annexation.”
In a joint statement in September last year by the UK government, together with France, Germany, Italy and Spain, the UK warned any unilateral annexation of any part of the West Bank would be “a serious breach of international law”.
David Jones, the chair of Caabu, said he regretfully thought Netanyahu would only listen to threats. Crispin Blunt, one of the signatories and the former chair of the foreign affairs select committee, said the issue was a massive test for the UK that he hoped his country would pass. He said he hoped Britain would take a stand by saying international law does stand for something, and bullying does not pay.
(Source / 02.05.2020)