EU states unanimously rejected US President Trump’s recognition of Israel’s rule over the ‘occupied Golan Heights’; captured from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, in 1981 Israel passed a law formally annexing the territory.
The European Union on Wednesday issued a statement declaring its “unanimous position” that the Golan Heights remains “occupied”, rejecting the United States’ proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the territory.
“The position of the European Union as regards the status of the Golan Heights has not changed,” the 28-member bloc said in a statement.
Israel’s flag hoisted in the Golan Height, near the Syrian border – Photo/ IsraelandStuff/PP
“In line with international law and UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 497, the European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.” Continue Reading »
In its annual global human rights report dealing with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for the first time ever, the US State Department referred to the ‘disputed territories’ as “Israeli controlled” instead of Israel “occupied.”
For the first time, the US State Department on Wednesday referred to the disputed Golan Heights as “Israeli controlled” instead of Israel “occupied” as well as dropping the phrases “occupied territories” and “under occupation” from the sections of its annual global human rights report dealing with the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
In the case of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, the report classifies the mountainous region on the border between Israel and Syria as “Israeli-controlled” instead of “Israeli-occupied,” as it has read in past years. Continue Reading »
Executive Board of UNESCO passed resolutions declaring that both, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory.”
By RINA BASSIST
The PX Commission of the Executive Board of UNESCO on Wednesday morning adopted resolutions 28 and 29, titled “Occupied Palestine,” which state that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory” and condemning the construction of the security fence and “other measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory.” Continue Reading »
President Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, reportedly calls on the State Department to stop referring to Judea and Samaria [West Bank] as ‘occupied’ territory.
By Gary Willig
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman recently asked the State Department to cease using the term ‘occupation’ to describe Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, according a report by Kan, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation.
According to the report, the State Department objected to the request, but eventually agreed to discuss the matter.
Ambassador David Friedman – Photo: Arutz Sheva
Ambassador Friedman described Judea and Samaria as being under an “alleged occupation” in an interview with the Jerusalem Post in September. Continue Reading »