Occupied: West Bank Annexation A People Abandoned

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Chris Williamson for Resistance TV hosting a panel discussion on the illegal act of Annexation of the West Bank and its long history of occupation by Israeli forces.

Joining Chris to discuss and raise awareness on the advent of this travesty of international justice and the abandonment of the Palestinian people. Azzm Tammimi, Writer/Journalist, Bessam Tamani, Activist/Philosopher, Issad Amro, Youth worker, Tom Suarez, Author/Academic, Miko Peled, Author/Academic/BDS/Activist, Mick Napier, PSC Scotland.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is planning to effectively annex parts of the occupied West Bank in what would be a major – and highly controversial – act.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says Israel’s annexation plans ‘illegal’

Annexation is the term applied when a state unilaterally proclaims its sovereignty over another territory. It is forbidden by international law. A recent example was Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.

The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war by the Israeli military. The West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem) is also home to some 430,000 Israeli Jews who live in 132 settlements (and 124 smaller “OUTPOST”) built under Israel’s occupation.

Annexation is illegal. Period,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement. “Any annexation. Whether it is 30 percent of the West Bank, or 5 percent,” she said, urging Israel to “listen to its own former senior officials and generals, as well as to the multitude of voices around the world, warning it not to proceed along this dangerous path.”

A protester holds a placard as she stands next to Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israeli settlements in Beit Fajjar town south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem
(photo credit: REUTERS)

She spoke out amid reports that Israel weighed assuaging international and Palestinian objections to annexation by moving forward with a partial plan. This would likely include the application of sovereignty over areas of high settler-population density, known as the blocs, rather than advancing an initiative that would annex the entire 30% of the West Bank as outlined under US President Donald Trump’s peace plan.

International condemnation of the possible Israeli annexations has mounted ahead of July 1, when Israel could take its first steps towards implementing part of a United States-proposed Middle East plan.

Between 2.1 million and 3 million (sources vary) Palestinian Arabs live in the West Bank under both limited self-rule and Israeli military rule.

The West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem) is also home to some 430,000 Israeli Jews who live in 132 settlements (and 124 smaller “outposts”) built under Israel’s occupation.

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