[News] Trump's Middle East Plan Violates Rights and Legitimizes War Crimes

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  PCHR: "Trump's Middle East Plan Violates Rights and Legitimizes War
  Crimes"

January 30, 2020
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/*The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR)*/ 
<https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=14132>: While the Oslo Accords sacrificed 
human rights and the international law for more than a quarter of a 
century, the U.S president Donald Trump’s Middle East plan constitutes a 
full destruction of international law, and legitimizes more than 50 
years of Israeli violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) in 
the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 1967, that amount to war 
crimes and crimes against humanity. Rather than referring to the 
principles of international law and the United Nations (UN) resolutions, 
including UN Security Council resolutions endorsed by the U.S., the 
current U. S Administration flouts these principles and promotes the 
logic of force over truth and rewards Israel for its crimes.

Under the so-called peace process, Israel continued to take chunks of 
the oPt and create irreversible facts on the ground, including tripling 
its settlement expansion schemes; creating a Jewish majority in occupied 
East Jerusalem, isolating and forcing its local Palestinian population 
out of the city; constructing the annexation wall; imposing a closure on 
the Gaza Strip; severing the cities, villages and refugee camps of the 
West Bank apart by settlements, settler bypass roads and hundreds of 
military checkpoints.

In short, the Israeli military occupation managed to change the features 
of the oPt, seized its resources and deprived Palestinians from their 
inalienable rights in favor of Israeli settlers.

Israel created a new version of apartheid in which settlers enjoy 
privileges at the expense of the indigenous population who are besieged 
and separated in Bantustans, stripped of their rights guaranteed by 
international law and oppressed by the means of law and brute force that 
are enforced by its occupation forces and military rule.

Trump’s plan legitimizes all the above in the name of peace, and upholds 
Israel’s control over the oPt, yet exempts it from its responsibility 
towards the population. Under Trump’s scheme, Palestinians would have a 
mirage of a state that has limited autonomy and lacks geographical 
integrity or sovereignty over its lands and resources.

We firmly reject Trump’s plan, which legitimizes Israeli crimes and 
deprives Palestinians of their legal and political rights, and sets 
foundation for a new type of apartheid.

We believe that the only way to reach a just and lasting peace is 
through respecting international law, including IHL and the 
international human rights law, protecting the Palestinian people’s 
inalienable rights, including their right to self-determination, and 
ending the Israeli military occupation.

Therefore, we call upon the international community to stand for and 
protect rule of law and support international accountability mechanisms, 
including the International Criminal Court.

The international community should take firm action against Israel’s 
plans, supported by the U.S Administration as evident in Trump’s 
proposed peace plan, to annex the Northern Jordan Valleys and other 
parts of the West Bank

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