Ashrawi: International sanctions required to confront escalating Israeli settlement

RAMALLAH, Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), strongly condemned today the approval by the Israeli government of nearly three thousand illegal settlement units in the past 48 hours.

Israel’s Prime Minister is expanding illegal settlements in the heart of the occupied West Bank, like “Beit El”, for cynical election calculations that leverage traditional financial and political support from senior US administration officials, including Jared Kushner and David Friedman, she said in a statement.

She said the actions of the Israeli government reflect the willful commitment of the Israeli political establishment to the agenda of colonial control, land grab, and permanent denial of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights to self-determination and freedom.

They are also part of an escalating and relentless campaign of oppression and systematic violence aimed at breaking the will of the Palestinian people and dictating facts that are irreconcilable with a future of peace and stability in the region, Ashrawi continued. These are the actions of a group committed to permanent conflict, whose abject disregard to legality and morality are practically and brutally evident.

The PLO official welcomed on behalf of the Palestinian leadership the ‘principled’ statements of condemnation by responsible international actors, including the European Union, France, and others, which she said reflect their commitment to international law and the requirements of peace.

She called on all states that have reaffirmed their positions to take a more proactive and effective role in protecting the rules-based international holding Israel accountable for its wanton violations of international law and Palestinian rights.

Without exacting a political and financial price to these egregious actions, and in light of the ideological partnership between Israeli right-wing elements and the Trump administration, Israel will continue to accelerate its destructive policies and escalate its unabashed aggression.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency