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. 

Add your name to letter condemning Pompeo’s statement. We will deliver the letter and signatures to the U.S. State Department.


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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  • Magdalena Barba
    signed 2019-11-26 22:51:56 -0500
  • Brandon Morrow
    signed 2019-11-26 21:33:48 -0500
    I am tired of this light stance towards Israel. I believe that we should support our allies, and I believe Israel is a vital ally. Yet, they often break international law, they often go against the stance of the United States, and they are guilty of human rights abuses towards the Palestinians. A two state solution is the only solution. That land was given to Israel and stolen from the Palestinians after WWII, very unjust, and the rest of the middle-east will never forgive us for such an act, thus many of the problems we have in that region of the world will continue. Israel spies on us, tries to funnel money and influence into our elections, and harbors weapons of mass destruction. They are not the friends we want them to be. Time to stand up for the morals America is supposed to represent. Like, not killing protesters, not starving children, and not burdening the potential futures of an entire culture by keeping them demonized and impoverished. STAND UP TO ISRAEL!
  • Tiska Blankenship
    signed 2019-11-26 21:32:44 -0500
  • Ralph Jones
    signed 2019-11-26 21:25:38 -0500
  • paula moats
    signed 2019-11-26 20:59:35 -0500
  • annalisa maffei
    signed 2019-11-26 17:49:53 -0500
  • Asami Haraguchi
    signed 2019-11-26 17:19:55 -0500
  • Sophie Oz
    signed 2019-11-26 16:43:36 -0500
  • Wendy Coe
    signed 2019-11-26 16:16:37 -0500
  • Denise Romesburg
    signed 2019-11-26 16:14:57 -0500
  • Silvia Zucchetti
    signed via 2019-11-26 16:01:07 -0500
  • Alex Parfitt
    signed 2019-11-26 15:56:01 -0500
    Mr Pompeo, the Second World War was fought to bring an end to nationalistic Gangsterism through the imposition of Law based on principle so fundamental as to be broadly accepted. Foremost among these principles is the fundamental principle that conquest Does Not Exist. Territorial dispute is a Legal matter that can only be resolved by legal process. The first and foremost basis of territorial claim is Self Determination. It is not something that is settled by “conquest”. If a power invades a territory and is thereby in control of that territory it is automatically an occupying power. It is thereby automatically under the law regarding an occupying power. It is this Law that states that it is illegal for Germany to annex Poland, Western Poland, or any part of Poland. It is this law that states that it is illegal for Germany to change the demographics of Poland by removing the Polish population or by colonising Poland, Western Poland, or any part of Poland with its own citizens, because if it were to, it would be clearly doing so in order to annex it.

    This is the LAW that you negate.

    What a slap in the face for our parents and grandparents generation who fought for an end to that national gangsterism and those of us who stand by what they fought for.

    In effect, you have taken it upon yourself to rewrite this most fundamental of fundamental international law. You hubristic jerk.
  • bader asmar
    signed 2019-11-26 14:13:53 -0500
  • Renate Parke
    signed 2019-11-26 12:34:50 -0500
  • Tyler Dalzell
    signed 2019-11-26 10:39:28 -0500
  • Grace Payne
    signed 2019-11-26 10:10:28 -0500
  • Matthew Danielczyk
    signed 2019-11-26 08:48:43 -0500
  • Askiah Adam
    signed 2019-11-26 08:20:51 -0500
    The end to the two-state solution. One state, a Palestine for Jews and Arabs alike@
  • Amy Steele
    signed 2019-11-26 07:36:29 -0500
  • Ines Biemmi
    signed via 2019-11-26 06:50:25 -0500
  • maria angela comparotto
    signed via 2019-11-26 05:36:53 -0500
  • Susu Abushawareb
    signed 2019-11-26 05:10:40 -0500
  • Ulrich Karthaus
    signed 2019-11-26 02:48:58 -0500
    Ulrich Karthaus
  • Valerie Lizarraga
    signed 2019-11-26 02:41:50 -0500
  • Zhifeng Leo Li
    signed 2019-11-25 23:02:57 -0500
  • judith ackerman
    signed 2019-11-25 23:02:41 -0500
    I lived and worked in Israel and am heartbroken with what developments have taken place. Racist and apartheit. Very upsetting.
  • Betty Hayzlett
    signed 2019-11-25 21:56:44 -0500
  • Beverly Williams
    signed 2019-11-25 21:28:01 -0500
  • Francesca Manetti
    signed 2019-11-25 21:11:54 -0500
  • Jeanne Raymond
    signed 2019-11-25 21:06:37 -0500
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