Jul 04, 2020 01:22 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jul 04, 2020 01:29 Asia/Tehran]
  • Latin countries condemn Israel's West Bank move

Former top officials of Latin countries urged sanctions against Israel's plans to annex 30% of West Bank as of July.

Iran PressAmerica:  Political, social, and cultural figures from Latin America and the Caribbean called for sanctions against Israel as a response to the country's plans to annex 30% of the West Bank territory as of July, according to Anadolu News Agency.

Former Latin American presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff from Brazil, Evo Morales from Bolivia, Ernesto Samper from Colombia, Rafael Correa from Ecuador, Jose Mujica from Uruguay and Fernando Lugo from Paraguay are among the prominent political figures who consider Israel's plans to be a violation of fundamental principles of international law and destroy any hope of a conflict-ending deal.

“This relentless process of de facto annexation, allowed and supported by the United States and Western allies, has eroded any possibility of a just and lasting peace based on international law and United Nations resolutions on Palestine,” says the statement signed also by Brazilians singers Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's promise to annex 30% of the West Bank including the Jordan Valley and the existing Zionist settlements starting July 1st, won the support of the US President Donald Trump administration despite a fierce backlash from the international community.

Expansion plans have not begun, but so far more than 320 leaders from countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have joined as signatories of the statement that is part of a South African initiative to unify support for the Palestinian civil society calling for sanctions against Israel.

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