Luxembourg City: Protests against proposed annexation of West Bank areas

  • Luxembourg City: Protests against proposed annexation of West Bank areas

Luxembourg City: Protests against proposed annexation of West Bank areas

In a June 26 statement to the U.N. Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Lynk wrote: "It has sometimes been said by critics of the EU's foreign policy towards Israel and Palestine that it suffers from paralysis and inaction". UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres also criticised Israel for the planned annexation.

Israel's aim to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is clearly "illegal", the United Nations' human rights chief said on Monday, warning that the consequences could be "disastrous".

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Michael Lynk has urged the European Union to take real and drastic steps against Israel if Jerusalem moves forward with its plans to extend its sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria, and called upon the European body to "develop a menu of countermeasures".

US President Donald Trump's proposals, rejected outright by the Palestinians, pave the way for annexing key parts of the West Bank, including settlements long considered illegal by the majority of the worldwide community. She urged Israel to halt its plans, warning that the shockwaves of such a move would "last for decades" and cause lasting damage for both sides.

"The precise consequences of annexation can not be predicted", she said.

The UN has condemned the annexation plans as "unlawful" and "21st-century apartheid", while expressing its regret over Washington's support for the scheme.

Over the past days, many protest movements have been triggered in the Palestinian regions.

Bachelet's statement also warned that many Palestinians could experience difficulties in accessing and cultivating their own land after the seizure of West Bank areas by Israel.

And settlements, which are already recognised as a clear violation of worldwide law, would nearly certainly expand.

The UN rights chief warned that "the existing two-tier system of law in the same territory will become embedded, with devastating impacts on the lives of Palestinians who have little or no access to legal remedy".

The UN rights chief stressed that illegal annexation would not change Israel's obligations under global law as an occupying power towards the occupied population.

The remarks, which the source said Gantz made during a meeting with U.S. Ambassador David Friedman and White House adviser Avi Berkowitz, threw doubt on prospects for a unified Israeli approach to President Donald Trump's peace plan.