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Palestinian Anger Over US Stance on Settlements

Palestinian Anger Over US Stance on Settlements

Tuesday, 26 November, 2019 - 10:00
Palestinian demonstrators carry banners and national flags during a protest against the US-sponsored Middle East economic conference that opened in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Nablus on June 25, 2019. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

Palestinians expressed outrage at recent US resolutions on the Palestinian issue, including the announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements in the West Bank did not violate international legitimacy.

PLO factions and national forces, institutions, unions, and municipal councils called on the Palestinians to join mass rallies on Tuesday to “condemn the American-Israeli conspiracy against our people.”

The Ministry of Education announced a partial suspension of classes in all schools and stressed the need to participate in rallies.

Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the PLO and Fatah central committees said that the forces and factions met in all governorates and made the necessary preparations for the “day of anger” to come out with one voice “telling the whole world that our rights cannot be stolen by the occupation.”

“The diplomatic movement at the regional and international levels will continue,” he stressed, adding that discussions were underway to hold a special session of the Security Council. He added that if the US used its veto right, the Palestinians would resort to the UN General Assembly “to condemn the latest American announcement.”

The Palestinian move followed the announcement by the US secretary of state that his country no longer considers settlements in the occupied West Bank “inconsistent with international law.”

The US announcement is a repudiation of a 1978 State Department legal opinion that settlements in the occupied territories “do not comply with international law”.

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