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Why Australia needs to join global condemnation of Israel’s annexation plans

Palestine, BDS, Ben Saul,
Sonja Sedmak on June 25, 2020 - 2:57 pm in News & Events

As early as next week, Israel proposes to forcibly annex up to a third of the Palestinian West Bank, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it “another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism”. Israel’s incendiary move, paved by US President Donald Trump’s “peace” plan, has provoked near-universal condemnation.

It has been deplored as a grave violation of international law by the UK’s Tory Prime Minister, most of Europe and the developing world, over 250 leading international lawyers, and an unprecedented 50 independent UN experts, and by 1000 European parliamentarians. Europe is considering sanctions.

Israeli soldiers make one of several arrests of Palestinians last month after a soldier was killed by a rock thrown from a rooftop in the West Bank village of Yabad.
Ben Saul is Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney and the past Whitlam & Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University. He has been involved in technical activities with the Israeli Defence Forces and in Palestine.

 

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