۱۳ آذر ۱۳۹۹ | Dec 3, 2020
Syria, Arab League condemn Pompeo’s visit to occupied West Bank, Golan Heights

Syria and Arab league have condemned US security state Pompeo visit to West bank and Syria ‘s Golan height, he was also the first US secretary to visit the occupied west bank .

Hawzah News Agency - (Occupied Palestine) - The Arab League and the government of Syria have categorically condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the occupied territories of Palestine in West Bank and the occupied portion of Syria’s Golan Heights, describing it as a clear violation of international law.

The assertion by the Arab League came on Thursday, after Pompeo became the first US secretary of state to visit the Israeli occupied Golan Heights after an unprecedented stop in the occupied West Bank. Reacting to Pompeo’s visit, which has also stirred strong opposition and wrath of various Palestinian factions, the Arab League issued a statement saying his trip to the occupied West Bank and the Golan Heights is against the norms of international law.

Meanwhile, Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said Pompeo’s visit is aimed at setting another illegal precedent.

She went on to say that Pompeo is “trespassing on Palestinian land stolen by Israel” and “has done enough damage”.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh and the resistance movement of Hamas had already decried the planned visit by Pompeo in the occupied West Bank.

Syria condemns Pompeo’s “provocative” Golan visit

Later on Thursday, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates strongly condemned Pompeo’s visit to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights.

An unnamed foreign ministry official said Syria condemns in the strongest terms the visit by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mike Pompeo, to the Israeli settlements in the occupied Syrian Golan.

The official pointed out that "Pompeo's visit is a provocative step before the end of the Trump administration's term and a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic."

The official added that such criminal visits encourage (Israel) to continue its dangerous aggressive approach, which would not have been possible without the unlimited and continuous support provided to it by the American administration.

The foreign ministry official said Syria expects the United Nations and the international community to condemn this visit, which violates UN resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 497, and defies the international outcry in opposition to Israel’s decision to annex the Golan Heights, and the US decision to recognize this annexation.

Pompeo announced in a statement on Thursday that imports from settlements in the occupied West Bank should be labeled products of Israel.

Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, slammed the US labeling move as a violation of international law.

"The decision blatantly violates international law," the spokesman said. 

The decision, he said, is yet another biased, pro-Israeli move by President Donald Trump's administration.

A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Wasel Abu Youssef, said Pompeo’s labeling announcement reaffirms partnership between Trump and the occupying Israeli regime

In the news conference with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pompeo also said the US will label the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which seeks to isolate Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians as “anti-Semitic”.

He said government support for any organizations taking part in BDS will be cut off – a step that could deny funding to Palestinian and international human rights groups.

The Israeli regime, meanwhile, has tasked its ministry of strategic affairs and public diplomacy -- a body founded in 2006 that collaborates with Tel Aviv’s interior ministry -- to organize campaigns against the BDS movement.

It issued a list back in 2018 consisting of nearly 20 international NGOs whose members would be denied entry into the Israeli-occupied territories. The list also included the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign organization.

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