Sunday 29 November 2020

Over 320 LatAm figures call for sanctions on Israel over plans to annex West Bank

More than 320 distinguished figures from Latin America, including former political leaders, have signed a statement, calling for imposition of sanctions against the Israeli regime over its controversial plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley besides its apartheid practices.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement announced that the statement, underwritten by former Brazilian presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, former Bolivian president Evo Morales, former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and Argentine Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, was part of a South African initiative to unify efforts from all over the world for the punitive measures.

The statement also calls for the re-activation of the UN Special Committee against Apartheid in order to put an end to the Tel Aviv regime’s apartheid policies against Palestinian people in the occupied lands.

“The proposed annexation of Palestinian territory by Israel is not only an offense against international law and a threat to peace; it is an attack against women and men who fought against colonialism and apartheid,” Brazil’s former foreign minister Celso Amorim, a signatory to the statement, said.

A group of former world leaders urged European leaders on Friday to keep pressuring Israel against the planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The Elders, founded by South African anti-apartheid figure Nelson Mandela in 2007, said in letters to the leaders of France, Germany, Britain and the European Union that they should insist on Israel that annexation would have negative political and economic consequences for bilateral and regional relations.

The Elders — led by former Irish President Mary Robinson with Mandela’s widow Graca Machel and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as co-chairs — said annexation “is fundamentally contrary to the long-term interests of both the Israeli and the Palestinian peoples.”

They said annexation “will not dampen future Palestinian demands for rights and self-determination, but destroying hopes in a [so-called] two-state compromise will increase the risks of future violence in one of the most combustible areas in the world.”

The Elders also called on EU leaders to consider suspending the 27-nation’s Association Agreement with Israel if annexation goes ahead in any form.

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