Zionist Regime’s Controversial Settlement Law Draws Int’l Outrage

TEHRAN (IQNA) – International condemnations keep pouring in over the Zionist regime of Israel’s recent passing of a highly controversial law which legalized structures built on Palestinian land with retroactive force.

Zionist Regime’s Controversial Settlement Law Draws Int’l Outrage

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) rubber-stamped the
so-called “Legalization Bill” late Monday, barely two months after the UN
Security Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring that settlement
construction “constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres blasted
the move, reminding its illegal status under international law and warning that
it “will have far-reaching legal consequences for Israel,” Press TV reported.

A chorus of outcry rang out across the international
community, including from Israel’s own allies.

All Israeli settlements in Jerusalem al-Quds and West Bank
are viewed by the international community as illegal and subject to the Geneva
Conventions, which forbid constructions on occupied territory.

Palestinians cry foul

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Fatah movement in Ramallah and
the Gaza-based resistance movement Hamas condemned the law.

“This is an escalation that would only lead to more
instability and chaos,” warned Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for President
Mahmoud Abbas.

In a similar statement, chief Palestinian negotiator Sa’eb
Erekat said Israel’s “Legalizing Theft” law gives the green light to Israeli
settlers and forces “to continue their attacks against the land and people of
Palestine.”

Palestinian Tourism and Antiquities Minister Rula Maayaa
said, “Nobody can legalize the theft of the Palestinian lands.”

Meanwhile, Abdel Latif al-Qanou, a Hamas spokesman, said the
law amounts to “organized terror…and the continuation of wanton Israeli
aggression at the expense of the Palestinian people.”

On Tuesday, Germany, Britain and the Czech Republic also
joined France and Turkey to censure the Israeli parliament’s decision.

A spokesman for the German Foreign Office said in Berlin
that the Israeli parliament’s move “disappointed many in Germany who have deep
ties to Israel and who have stood by it.”

Britain’s Minister for the Middle East and Africa, Tobias
Ellwood, also said, “It is of great concern that the bill paves the way for
significant growth in settlements in the West Bank.”

“As a longstanding friend of Israel, I condemn the passing
of the Land Regularization Bill by the Knesset, which damages Israel’s standing
with its international partners,” Ellwood pointed out.

This is while the administration of new US President Donald
Trump has so far remained silent.

Trump has set a markedly pro-Tel Aviv tone, which Israeli
authorities are seeking to exploit to the regime’s advantage in the face of
international indignation.

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