7th February, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in La Via Campasina,
Israel’s parliament passed a law to legalize West Bank settlement spots built unlawfully on Palestinian land classified as area “C” according to Oslo agreement in 1993, which constitutes 62% from the West Bank’s lands and under the Israeli full control.
This law would allow the Israeli occupation to authorize thousands of Israeli settlements units, and 53 Israeli spots, as well as, to confiscate 8,000 dunums from privately owned Palestinian lands. Moreover, this law will open the space for further confiscations of the private Palestinian lands without any restrictions as long as the aim from these confiscations is more settlement expansion.
It important to note that since Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20th January, 2017, the Israeli occupation has gave the green light for the establishment of more than 6,000 Israeli units in the occupied Palestinian lands.
In essence, this law reaffirms the fascist Israeli occupation’s practices and its ignorance of the whole world, which took a decision 2334 through the UN Security Council, that states that the Israeli settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”;
We as a member of the La Via Campasina are relying a lot on LVC movement and its members to raise their voices and put a pressure on their governments to put a pressure on the Israeli occupation to undo this law, and recognize Palestine as an independent State. As well as we call the free world people to arrange effective demonstrations in front of the Israeli embassies where available to stop this fascist law.
Israeli settlements spots are small settlements not included in the huge, main settlements that have sprung up in the West Bank including Jerusalem and inhabited by 700,000 settlers who replaced the lands’ indigenous.