More than 400 MEPs call for action against Israeli colonization in the occupied Palestinian territories

On the initiative of several former Israeli officials, 442 deputies and senators from twenty European countries signed this letter, sent overnight from Sunday to Monday to the foreign ministries. 

Denouncing a “de facto annexation” of the West Bank by Israel , more than 400 European parliamentarians are calling on their countries on Monday March 1 to take advantage of the arrival of Joe Biden in Washington to mobilize against the colonization of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

On the initiative of several former Israeli officials, 442 deputies and senators from twenty European countries signed a letter sent overnight from Sunday to Monday to the foreign ministries of various European countries.

“Developments on the ground clearly tend towards a rapidly progressing reality of de facto annexation, especially with the expansion of settlements and the demolitions of Palestinian structures,” write the parliamentarians, including British MP Jeremy Corbyn, former leader of the Labor Party. , and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La France insoumise. 

“The greatest number of demolitions” in 2020 

“Despite the coronavirus pandemic, last year saw the highest number of demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures in four years,” they continue.

Thursday, several European chancelleries had asked Israel to return the equipment donated by their countries and confiscated from the Bedouins of Hamsa al-Baqa, a hamlet in the north of the Jordan Valley considered “illegal” by the Jewish state.

The Israeli army has occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967, where approximately 3.1 million Palestinians and more than 675,000 Israelis live today in settlements deemed illegal by international law.

Joe Biden criticizes the settlements 

Israeli colonization has accelerated in recent years under the leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with the benevolence of his ally in Washington, Donald Trump.

New US President Joe Biden has been critical of the settlements and pledged to step up efforts to create a Palestinian state.

“The start of the Biden presidency provides an essential opportunity for action,” say MEPs. Their appeal was initiated by four Israeli officials including Avraham Burg, former speaker of the Knesset (Parliament).

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