[News] Israel's intention to annex the West Bank revealed
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Israel's intention to annex the West Bank revealed
Aug. 20, 2018 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780766
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights
in Israel, warned on Monday that the Israeli government’s response to
the petition, filed to the Israeli Supreme Court, signals Israel's
intention to proceed with annexation of the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli government submitted legal materials to the Israeli Supreme
Court declaring that "the Knesset (Israeli parliament) is permitted to
legislate laws everywhere in the world and it is authorized to violate
the sovereignty of foreign countries via legislation that would be
applied to events occurring in their territories."
This statement was declared on August 7th in a written response, which
the Israeli government had submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court,
regarding to the petition against the Settlement Regularization Law
filed by Adalah and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza on behalf
of 17 local Palestinian authorities in the West Bank.
Adalah and fellow petitioners argued that the Israeli Knesset is not
permitted to enact and impose laws on territory occupied by Israel.
Hence, the Knesset cannot enact laws that annex the West Bank or that
violate the rights of Palestinian residents of the West Bank.
The Israeli government’s lawyer, Arnon Harel, wrote in the legal
materials submitted to that "The Knesset is permitted to impose the
powers of the military commander of the West Bank region as it sees fit.
The Knesset is permitted to define the authorities of the military
commander as it sees fit. The authority of the government of Israel to
annex any territory or to enter into international conventions derives
from its authority as determined by the Knesset.
Harel concluded "the Knesset is allowed to ignore the directives of
international law in any field it desires," which is a direct violation
of international law and international humanitarian law.
In response, Suhad Bishara and Myssana Morany, lawyers of Adalah, who
filed the petition against the Settlement Regularization Law, said "the
Israeli government's extremist response has no parallel anywhere in the
world. It stands in gross violation of international law and of the
United Nations Charter which obligates member states to refrain from
threatening or using force against the territorial integrity of other
states – including occupied territories.
The Israeli government's extremist position is, in fact, a declaration
of its intention to proceed with its annexation of the West Bank."
The petition was submitted by 17 Palestinian municipalities and three
human rights organizations from the West Bank, Israel, and Gaza Strip
jointly petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court on February 8th 2017 to
cancel the controversial Settlement Regularization Law under the pretext
that it violates international humanitarian law and is labeled as
The Settlement Regularization Law aims to "legalize," under Israeli law,
illegal Israeli settlement outposts, which have been built on private
The law sets out a new process to legalize about half of Israel's
settlement outposts, as well as about 3,000 additional homes built
illegally in settlements, which Israel recognizes as legal. Essentially,
this law authorizes a further massive land theft of private Palestinian
land by Israel. The European Union and the United Nations strongly
condemned the law, and even Israel's attorney general announced that he
would not defend it in court
The petitioners said "the law not only harms the private property of
Palestinians, but is also intended to impinge upon their right to
dignity by clarifying – without hesitation – that the interests of the
settlements and the Israeli Jewish settlers in the West Bank take
priority over the rights of Palestinians and therefore is permitted to
dispossess Palestinians from their property."
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