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PA applauds European states over settlement warnings
Published Saturday 28/06/2014 (updated) 30/06/2014 11:12
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday welcomed a series of recent statements from major European countries warning their citizens from doing business in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

The ministry said that the warnings -- which were issued by the governments of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and the Netherlands earlier on -- reflected a commitment to the universality of human rights.

The statements warned citizens of those countries from engaging in commercial affairs with Israeli settlements not only in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, but also in the Syrian Golan Heights.

More than 500,000 Israelis live in Jewish settlement in the occupied territories, in violation of international which prohibits the movements of civilians from the occupying population into militarily-occupied territories.

The ministry noted that the warnings are consistent with the European Union's "long-standing position" vis-a-vis the settlements, and in line with the UN interpretations of international law which supports "the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination."

The ministry also stressed that the the settlements are "detrimental to the two state solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders," highlighting that "Israel the occupying power has shown itself unwilling to halt settlement construction and end its numerous additional violations of international law - even as a temporary measure of good faith during 'negotiations.'"

"In this context, such steps by third parties are important to avoid being complicit in Israeli violations of international law and to contribute to putting an end to them," the statement continued, calling upon all EU member states to adopt "all necessary measures not to render aid or assistance to illegal settlement activity."

"Such measures must pave the way for the banning of illegal Israeli settlement products in all EU member states, prohibiting any form of involvement, both direct and indirect, by citizens, groups, corporations and governments in the illegal settlement activity."
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1 ) Pa applaudes / while ISRAEL
28/06/2014 15:16
BUILDS!!! The GROWTH IN ISRAEL IS AMAZING!!!

2 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
28/06/2014 16:36
This is the only way to win a war against Israel. I applaud the BDS movement and its successful influence around the globe. By the way, give credit where credit is due.

3 ) betz55 / USA
28/06/2014 19:44
Keep building and use the best products because the Palestinians will eventually live in them, make them nice for them !!! The growth in israel is amazing only to blind fools.

4 ) Tex [fr] / Mex
28/06/2014 21:24
What 'rating' should the watching world attach to 'the PA applauds' anything? Who are they? What do they represent? Does it mean anything when they applaud something? Based on what?

5 ) Paul / Canada
29/06/2014 00:50
The last colonialist enterprise on Earth will have its last day sooner rather than later. The world can see the utter ugliness of Zionism and their apologists. In the end, justice is always more powerful than force.

6 ) Mel / USA
29/06/2014 16:38
Last year,we passed by a summer-season stall(flying check-point)in the mall,selling 'Dead Sea' products,to 'beautify'consumers! The young guy working the stall politely asked my wife,if she'd like to try some? My wife smiled,& just quietly,& politely,replied,"I'm actually more concerned with all the dead Palestinians,& those living who can't even get to the Dead,or Med. Sea,because of the occupation!But thank you anyway.Have a nice day'!
And she walked on! That's my girl!LOL!

7 ) @ Mitri-2, Be-3, Tex-5, Paul-5 / Realities
29/06/2014 17:27
Warning are Not "BDS". "Later" is Never, and: - The PA should face real realities, rather than focus on trivialities, like an EU suggestion that citizens avoid "doing business with Israeli settlements" (if it's even true), and - Maan News too should focus & print real realities, like the EU Does Not Condemn Israel Search For the 3 Kidnapped Teenagers, despite the associated Palestinian injuries & deaths, and instead prints this supposed and (even if true), trivial EU warning to civilians !!

8 ) Mel / USA
29/06/2014 17:50
It's in UK/European govt's interests to end the USG-sponsored ILLEGAL Israeli occupation &collectivepunishment of non-Jews,in Palestine.UK/EU shoulders the extremist actions of USG/Zionism &the back-lash has hit them already.International laws state that RIGHT OF RETURN is a an ACTUAL right for all Palestinians refugeed,should they choose.They have the RIGHT to dual-citizenship,carry 2 passports(national &diaspora)&OWN & live on land,in their ancestral countries.Just as"privileged" Israeli's do

9 ) Outlier / USA
01/07/2014 23:23
Yet again, the Palestinians supporting anything and everything to avoid the one way to achieve peace - negotiating with Israel.
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