PNC: Pompeo's Visit will Never Confer Legitimacy on Settlement and Occupation

PNC: Pompeo

Palestine National Council (PNC) condemned the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to "Psagot" settlement built on Palestinian citizens' lands in the occupied city of Al-Bireh, which is the first for a US Secretary of State to visit the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

In a press statement issued by the Speaker, Mr. Salim Al-Za’anoon, PNC considered this visit is a dangerous precedent in international relations, and an American flagrant challenge to the decisions of international legitimacy, especially the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2334, which considers all settlements illegal and invalid, and must stop.

The PNC Speaker called on the United Nations Security Council, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the parliaments of the world to condemn this colonial visit, and to take the necessary measures against Trump Administration and his Secretary of State, who defies all international norms, charters, agreements and covenants that criminalize settlement activity and everyone who supports it, or participates in its validation.

The Speaker called on also the International Criminal Court to take the required legal measures in accordance with its mandate, which considers settlement a war crime.
This visit represents a provocation to the whole world, disregarding international institutions and the Geneva Conventions, and insistence by Trump administration in partnering of settlement and occupation, PNC said, this will neither change the legal reality of these colonial settlements, nor will it give them any legitimacy, or will it prove any occupation reality, that has been prohibited and denied by international law.

At the time the world’s countries and institutions denounce the Israeli continued settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories and the building of colonial units, PNC Speaker continues, the last is what the occupation government intends to implement in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Trump Administration is continuing its partnership with the Israeli occupation in all its violations of international law, international legitimacy decisions and aggression against rights of the Palestinian people, who are working to embody their independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, according to those international.

19 November, 2020