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U.N. Affirms It Still Considers Israeli Settlements Violation of International Law

HeadlineNov 20, 2019

The United Nations human rights agency has reaffirmed that the United Nations still considers the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank illegal under international law, despite U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement Monday that the United States no longer considers them illegal under international law. This is the United Nations’ Rupert Colville.

Rupert Colville: “On the situation regarding Israel and the settlements in the Occupied Territories, as part of the U.N. Secretariat, we continue to follow the long-standing position of the United Nations that the Israeli settlements are in breach of international law. A change in the policy position of one state does not modify existing international law nor its interpretation by the International Court of Justice and the Security Council.”

Click here to see our interview with Palestinian human rights attorney Noura Erakat on the U.S. announcement.

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