1080 lawmakers from 25 European countries signed a petition, last week, pressing their foreign ministers to reject the Israeli plans to annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank, Quds News Network reported.
The lawmakers affirmed their support for the European Union (EU) foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, who stated that Israel’s annexation “could not pass unchallenged.”
US President, Donald Trump, unveiled his so-called ‘peace plan’ in January, proposing Israeli annexation of up to 30 percent of the West Bank, and legitimizing illegal settlements, built on expropriated Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Israeli Premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, expressed his intention to begin expropriating parts of the occupied West Bank by July 1.
Many European leaders have supported the two-state solution, in line with international law and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Executive Committee, released a statement applauding the petition, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
The PLO member called the petition a “powerful message of commitment to the rules-based global order,” and she expressed her gratitude for the efforts of the European lawmakers.
(Source / 28.06.2020)