Mike Pompeo: ALL Israeli Settlements are Illegal!

On Monday, November 18, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reversed 40 years of US policy and crossed international law by falsely stating that Israeli settlements do not violate international law. 

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Dear U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

Let’s be clear: all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal.

We the undersigned condemn your action today reversing 40 years of US policy, crossing international law, isolating the U.S. By stating, wrongly, that Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land do not violate international law, you are putting lives at risk and undermining efforts to achieve peace.

Your statement that the legality of individual settlements should be decided by the Israeli courts and claim that your declaration on behalf of the US administration would not prejudice an ultimate comprehensive agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is both untrue and dangerous. From moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem to falsely recognizing the occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel, this new State Department legal policy comes as part of a series of Trump administration moves that slash Palestinian rights and liberation, take a sledgehammer to hopes for peace in the region, and endanger lives — both Palestinian and Israeli. While this isn’t surprising, given the United States’ increasingly-close relationship to Israel, it is more than worthy of condemnation and we are demanding that you reverse it.

Your statement today repudiates a 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” The U.S. must stop harming Palestinians through such statements and policies and insist that Israel immediately halt all construction of settlements and related infrastructure. This would be a first step towards removing illegal Israeli settlers from the Occupied Palestinian Territories This is what the U.S. administration should be doing instead of shielding Israel in its continuous violations the International Law, specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The international community constantly condemned and considered the establishment of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories illegal under international law, violating Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 which states: "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies." The United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Court of Justice, and the High Contracting Parties to the Convention have all affirmed that the Fourth Geneva Convention does apply. The United Nations Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Israeli Settlements found “a multitude of the human rights of the Palestinians are violated in various forms and ways due to the existence of the settlements.”

The complicity of the US is not only allowing Israel’s human rights abuses to happen but HELPING Israel carry out atrocities against the Palestinians by green-lighting its actions and shielding it from their consequences. Every time the US gives unnecessary aid to the Israeli military or sells weapons to Israel used to commit war crimes against civilian protesters in Gaza, the United States has a hand in those war crimes. Every time the US uses its veto power in the UN Security Council to protect Israel from condemnation, it tells the Israeli government that international law is optional. The United States is supporting Israel to violate International Law, International Humanitarian Law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention and it must stop.

Sincerely,

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  • zizzieozalezoxiama
    signed 2019-12-13 10:53:31 -0500
  • zizzieozalezoxiama
    @AlexistoriGonz2 tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-13 10:52:16 -0500
    .@SecPompeo Let’s be clear: Israeli SETTLEMENTS on the Occupied Palestinian land are ILLEGAL https://www.codepink.org/illegal?recruiter_id=858466
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2019-12-13 10:51:54 -0500
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  • zizzieozalezoxiama
    @AlexistoriGonz2 tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-11 09:10:08 -0500
    .@SecPompeo Let’s be clear: Israeli SETTLEMENTS on the Occupied Palestinian land are ILLEGAL https://www.codepink.org/illegal?recruiter_id=858466
  • Irene Heitsch
    signed 2019-12-10 18:31:26 -0500
  • sally hogan
    signed 2019-12-10 16:56:57 -0500
  • Phil Brand
    signed 2019-12-10 04:09:07 -0500
  • Marian Scena
    signed 2019-12-09 08:50:45 -0500
  • Frances Dunham
    signed 2019-12-08 21:36:28 -0500
  • Marc Wutschke
    signed 2019-12-08 12:33:15 -0500
  • Carole Shelton
    signed 2019-12-08 06:47:29 -0500
  • Reverend Sandra Mackie
    signed 2019-12-08 00:12:32 -0500
    The entire world condemns the action you and the President have taken. Everyone feels solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied territory. Why are you violating their rights again?
  • Gracie Ann Jablonowski
    signed 2019-12-07 10:16:03 -0500
    LISTEN UP MR.SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO, ALL, AND I MEAN ALL, ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS ON PALESTINIAN LAND THAT WAS STOLEN FROM THEM ARE ILLEGAL!!!! JUST AS THE UNITED NATIONS HAS STATED!!!! THE UNITED STATES HAS GOT TO STOP SENDING MONEY TO ISREAL NOW!!! IF YOU DON’T REALIZE IT, THE UNITED STATES ARE PART OF THE KILLING OF THE PALESTINIANS BY SUPPORTING ZIONIST APARTHEID ISREAL!!!!! WAKE UP!!!! WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES ISREAL WOULD HAVE TO STOP THIS LAND GRABBING AND KILLING OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE!!!! NO MORE MONEY FOR ISREAL, THATS IT. AND THIS AIPAC CONTROL OVER OUR CONGRESS AND SENATE AND ALL OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES HAS TO STOP NOW!!! THE UNITED STATES HAS TO STOP MEDDLING INTO OTHER COUNTRIES AFFAIRS, AND BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR OWN COUNTRY!!!!!.
  • Michael Garitty
    signed 2019-12-06 02:27:14 -0500
  • Rick and Val Girling
    signed 2019-12-05 22:10:44 -0500
    Now we are a rogue nation for sure!
  • Dominique Mazeaud
    signed 2019-12-05 08:07:00 -0500
  • Marge Dakouzlian
    signed 2019-12-04 13:05:17 -0500
  • Elena Fracca
    signed via 2019-12-04 11:57:02 -0500
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  • Anastacia Dadashpour
    signed 2019-12-04 00:38:53 -0500
  • Andrew Altamirano
    signed 2019-12-03 21:16:01 -0500
  • Duncan Fowler
    signed 2019-12-03 18:05:45 -0500
  • Renata Aleksiejczuk
    signed 2019-12-03 13:35:00 -0500
  • Stephen V. Kobasa
    signed 2019-12-03 08:56:36 -0500
  • A.L. Steiner
    signed 2019-12-02 12:35:57 -0500
  • Criage Lynnette Althage
    signed 2019-12-02 11:51:03 -0500
  • Barbara McClure
    signed 2019-12-02 09:54:04 -0500
  • Beverly Olney
    signed 2019-12-02 03:04:21 -0500
  • Nataliya Yakovleva
    @natashayakovle5 tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-02 02:14:48 -0500
    .@SecPompeo Let’s be clear: Israeli SETTLEMENTS on the Occupied Palestinian land are ILLEGAL https://www.codepink.org/illegal?recruiter_id=792952
  • Nataliya Yakovleva
    signed 2019-12-02 02:14:41 -0500
  • Lynn Abbott
    signed 2019-12-01 19:07:31 -0500
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