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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  • Michela Crociani
    signed 2019-11-24 10:13:52 -0500
    Michela Crociani
  • Johanna Schaub
    signed 2019-11-24 10:07:52 -0500
  • Catherine Schulenberg
    signed 2019-11-24 10:07:21 -0500
  • Terumi Terao
    signed 2019-11-24 09:42:24 -0500
  • deborah daboub
    signed 2019-11-24 09:39:26 -0500
    The settlements are illegal by international law. What the US says is irrelevant.
  • Aldo Riboni
    signed via 2019-11-24 09:28:12 -0500
    ennesimo segno di barbarie.

    Aldo
  • Alan J Nishman
    signed 2019-11-24 08:59:45 -0500
  • claudia berton
    signed via 2019-11-24 08:55:02 -0500
  • Luciano Benini
    signed via 2019-11-24 08:50:26 -0500
  • Eric Salinas
    signed 2019-11-24 08:43:25 -0500
  • Pia Lind Jacobsen
    signed 2019-11-24 08:16:50 -0500
    BDS until Palestinians are given equal rights and are respected as citizens in their own land. Zionists in Israel are comitting criminal acts against innocent people. It must be stopped.
  • Elio Pagani
    signed via 2019-11-24 08:09:07 -0500
  • Fabio Caimmi
    @FabioCaimmi tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-24 07:52:01 -0500
    .@SecPompeo Let’s be clear: Israeli SETTLEMENTS on the Occupied Palestinian land are ILLEGAL https://www.codepink.org/illegal?recruiter_id=882267
  • Fabio Caimmi
    signed via 2019-11-24 07:51:43 -0500
  • Marina Burba
    signed via 2019-11-24 07:49:14 -0500
  • Fabio Caimmi
    signed via 2019-11-24 07:48:20 -0500
  • Ambrogio Boniardi
    signed via 2019-11-24 07:41:06 -0500
  • elena cianci
    signed via 2019-11-24 07:39:17 -0500
  • Gabriella Grasso
    signed via 2019-11-24 07:24:27 -0500
    Firmare per l’ovvieta’ perché il regime internazionale è la barbarie. Questo siamo diventati.
  • Ossama Bader
    signed 2019-11-24 06:20:28 -0500
    Israel has always violated international law and ignored the rights of the Palestinians. It is about time someone stops them.
  • Irene Selver
    signed 2019-11-24 06:09:12 -0500
  • Tawfiq Al-Ghussein
    signed 2019-11-24 06:00:00 -0500
  • Tawfiq Al-Ghussein
    @TJG21 tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-24 05:59:45 -0500
    .@SecPompeo Let’s be clear: Israeli SETTLEMENTS on the Occupied Palestinian land are ILLEGAL https://www.codepink.org/illegal?recruiter_id=882256
  • Tawfiq Al-GHUSSEIN
    signed 2019-11-24 05:59:19 -0500
    This decision is not only illegal but inflammatory and cause harm to the long term security in the region
  • Sue King
    signed 2019-11-24 05:45:50 -0500
    There is no doubt the colonies are illegal and the usurpers have been breaking international law for decades.
  • Ashley Auer
    signed 2019-11-24 05:35:01 -0500
  • Jama John Noble
    signed 2019-11-24 05:21:05 -0500
    Settlements are illegal under international law, trump and the trump administration can not change that fact, once trump loses the next election this will no longer stand as an American policy. Pompeo has no rights over Palestine and I hope he will also fall in the next US election!
  • David Gilbert
    signed 2019-11-24 02:25:12 -0500
    Pompeo’s setting up for a presidential run in ‘24. This is sample of how he’ll position himself and attract PAC money.
  • Pamela Berg
    @betenoir123 tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-24 02:10:56 -0500
    .@SecPompeo Let’s be clear: Israeli SETTLEMENTS on the Occupied Palestinian land are ILLEGAL https://www.codepink.org/illegal?recruiter_id=834921
  • Pamela Berg
    signed 2019-11-24 02:10:47 -0500
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