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World Thousands of Palestinians protest US move on Israeli settlements

23:05  26 november  2019
23:05  26 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements

  Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a major reversal of the US' longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed the settlements "inconsistent with international law."US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a major reversal of the US' longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed the settlements "inconsistent with international law.

Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip will gather Tuesday to protest the US ' recent announcement that it will no longer consider " We totally condemn this American effort to legitimize the settlements ." Abu Yousef also told AP that the protests will also condemn Israeli Prime Minister

Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip will gather Tuesday to protest the US ’ recent announcement that it will no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as violating international law, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official announced Monday.

Palestinians burned effigies of US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, as thousands protested against a shift in US policy on Israeli settlements.

Benjamin Netanyahu et al. standing in front of a crowd: Palestinian protesters burned cardboard cutouts of US President Donald Trump, his State Secretary Mike Pompeo, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu, during a demonstration in Nablus city in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday© Jaafar ASHTIYEH Palestinian protesters burned cardboard cutouts of US President Donald Trump, his State Secretary Mike Pompeo, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu, during a demonstration in Nablus city in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday

Breaking with decades of international consensus, Pompeo on November 18 said the US would no longer consider Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories illegal.

U.S. No Longer Considers Israeli Settlements Illegal

  U.S. No Longer Considers Israeli Settlements Illegal Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. no longer will consider Israeli settlements to be illegal under international law, a move that shifts decades of U.S. policy. © olivier douliery/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesSecretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the new policy at the State Department, drawing swift praise from Israelis and condemnation from Palestinians, European officials and rights groups who say the stance could hinder peace efforts. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

• The latest protests took place as the United States Embassy was formally relocated to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel . Tens of thousands of Palestinians took part in the Gaza protests . Protests also took place on the West Bank, where the focus was the

Israel says the Palestinians are using the issue of settlements as a pretext to avoid direct talks. Up until Mr Trump took office, the US had described the settlements as "illegitimate", refraining While Israel and the Palestinians agreed to decide upon the fate of existing settlements , and Jerusalem

Prime Minister Netanyahu hailed the decision, but Palestinians were outraged and on Tuesday thousands gathered in the occupied territories to protest against the decision.

Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh led the protests in Ramallah in the central West Bank, telling the crowds they would never accept the US position.

"We are here to say with a loud and clear voice that we want to end the (Israeli) occupation," he said.

"These strangers in settlements have no place on our land."

Ziad Barakat, a school teacher, told AFP in Ramallah "I have not taken part in a protest for a long time, but our situation has become unbearable."

A young woman, head wrapped in a traditional Palestinian keffiyeh (headscarf), was carrying a tyre to block the road.

In Israeli settlement, bottles uncorked to toast Trump decision

  In Israeli settlement, bottles uncorked to toast Trump decision Yaakov Berg recently lost a battle against Europe over labelling his wine, so when the United States announced it no longer considered the Israeli settlement where he lives illegal, he popped open a bottle. "It is an historic day," he told AFP. - 'Racist decision' - Producing around 400,000 bottles a year, his winery exports its products to both Europe and the United States. But in 2015, the European Union issued guidelines to its member states on labelling products identifying their origin as from territories occupied by Israel.

Israeli forces stationed on the Israeli side of the fences separating Gaza and Israel responded to Israeli -imposed restrictions designed to keep Palestinians far from settlements forced them to take Key International Actors. In May, the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which it

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday to protest the recent US announcement that it no longer believes Israeli Organised by Fatah, Tuesday's "day of rage" protested the Trump administration's announcement on Israeli settlements last week.

"They are confiscating our lands and killing our prisoners," she said, identifying herself as Wahida.

In Nablus in the northern West Bank, Palestinians set fire to life-size cutouts of Trump, Pompeo and Netanyahu.

Major protests also took place in Hebron and other cities.

Protesters in multiple locations held aloft signs depicting Sami Abu Diyak, a 36-year-old Palestinian prisoner who died of cancer Tuesday morning in Israeli custody.

He had been jailed since 2002 and was convicted of killing three people, according to the Prison Authority.

Palestinian leaders accused the Jewish state of neglecting his medical needs.

In several locations clashes erupted between youths and the Israeli army, which fired tear gas and rubber bullets, AFP correspondents said.

In total 63 Palestinians were wounded in clashes, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent, although none were reported to be in a life-threatening condition.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967, in moves never recognised by the international community.

More than 600,000 settlers live in the two territories in communities considered illegal by the international community, alongside more than three million Palestinians.

Since Pompeo's announcement, the European Union, United Nations and others have stressed that they continue to consider settlements illegal.

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