Press Release on
US Declaration and PM Netanyahu’s Statements in Violation of International Law
April 9, 2019
One Justice Organisation (OJ) has observed with deep concern the statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the Golan Heights, ‘reoccupation’ of Gaza and his pledge to formally annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank ahead of Tuesday’s elections in Israel.
To make things more worrisome, American President Donald Trump made on Saturday a controversial decision to recognize Israel annexation of the Golan Heights after getting a quick history lesson, as he said, and told the American Jews that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “your prime minister,” confusing Jews with Israelis. This declaration comes in direct violation of international law and several UN resolutions that the US took part in.
OJ is deeply concerned that incontrovertible issues as such have turned into an matter of debate and contest among the different Israeli parties in the General Elections taking place today, April 9, 2019.
Israel has about 400,000 illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank and another 200,000 living in East Jerusalem. Their presence deeply hinders the hopes of around 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank to establish an independent Palestinian state uniting the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the currently occupied West Bank.
Despite the 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza, the United Nations, international human rights organizations, and the majority of governments and legal commentators consider the territory to be still occupied by Israel, supported by additional restrictions placed on Gaza by Egypt. Israel maintains direct external control over Gaza and indirect control over life within Gaza: it controls Gaza’s air and maritime space, and six of Gaza’s seven land crossings. It reserves the right to enter Gaza at will with its military and maintains a no-go buffer zone within the Gaza territory. Gaza is dependent on Israel for its water, electricity, telecommunications, and other utilities. The system of control imposed by Israel is described as an “indirect occupation”.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was adopted on 23 December 2016 concerning the Israeli settlements in “Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem”. The resolution passed in a 14–0 vote by members of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC). Four members with United Nations Security Council veto power; China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, voted in favor of the resolution, while the United States abstained from using its veto power.
The resolution states that Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”. It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
In the view that these provocative declarations and statements would incite violence, and create serious obstacles on the way towards peace in the Middle East, One Justice:
- Demands that the Government of Israel abides by and respect international law concerning Palestinian territories and abstain from illegally annexing lands originally and legally belonging to Palestinians.
- Demands that the US Govrnment revokes its declarations regarding the Golan Hieghts and East Jerusalem.
- Calls upon all member states of the UN condemn and reject the content of these declarations and statements.
- Calls upon the UNGA to pass a resolution delegitimizing these actions and statements.
- Calls upon Human Rights Activists and NGO’s around the world to continue pushing for upholding international law and peace and delegitimizing those that want to sustain conflict.