Palestine solidarity groups condemn Israel’s WB annexation plans

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 9 2020

Groups in Sri Lanka who are in solidarity with Palestine condemned Israel unilaterally declaring sovereignty over parts of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

Issuing a statement in this connection, they stated that, “Implementation of Israel’s claim of sovereignty is a ploy for annexation. It is one of the terms used by the occupying power, to cover up its grave violations of international law and mislead the international community. The Zionist State ignores the legal status of the Palestinian territory. It continues to occupy lands belonging to the Palestinian people. The Zionist regime’s unilateral annexation process continues to expand and consolidate its colonial projects on the occupied territory and is attempting to justify its moves with the support of the United States (US) Administration. Unilateral measures conducted by Israel to continue imposing illegal facts prevent Palestine’s right to exist and self-determination. 

The Israeli Annexation Wall and the settlement blocs are part of a systematic policy of colonisation that aims to destroy the prospects of an independent State of Palestine. The statement by Zionists that Palestinians should accept to negotiate based on the US Plan to stop annexation is a ploy to legitimise annexation of occupied Palestinian territory. The US plan is to allow Israel to annex about a third of the West Bank, including major settlement blocs, as well as the Jordan Valley. However, Palestinians consider the territory captured by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war a major part of a future Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital. 

This intended action by the Zionist State is nothing but a process of ethnic cleansing, through a slow genocide of the Palestinian people while the annexation will render Palestinians as non-citizens in an Israeli apartheid State. The Palestinians will be landlocked with no access to any borders. Moreover, the move disregards human life, human rights, and international law. It will destroy the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations and lead to severe tensions in the region.” 

The organisations include the JVP, the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, the Young Men’s Christian Association of Pamunugama, the Janawabodaya Kendraya, the Kithusara Group, the Jesus Today Group, Born To Win Relationships, Left Voice, the United Federation of Labour, the Desha Vimukthi Janatha Pakshaya, the Inter Religious Alliance for National Unity, the Free Media Movement, the Paltra, Journalists for Global Justice, the Sramabimani Kendraya and the Peace and Solidarity Organisation.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 9 2020

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