Reasserting the illegality of Israel settlements on occupied land



In a letter to the Minster of Foreign Affairs today, the Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa has called on Winston Peters to reject the historic reversal of US policy, announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday, whereby the US under Donald Trump now says Israeli settlements built in occupied Palestine are “not inconsistent with international law”.

This interpretation of international law involves mesmerising legal gymnastics and verbal contortions which have been employed for political rather than legal reasons.

We are not aware of any significant entity outside the US and Israeli governments which agrees with this position.

In recent days UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Territories, Michael Lynk, has called once more for international action to pressure Israel to abandon illegal settlement building and urged countries to develop a series of progressive sanctions to pressure Israel to abide by international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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New Zealand has been consistent in its view of illegal settlement building and it is important in the current context that we say so clearly and without ambiguity as the European Union has done.

In line with the recent UN report we should also make clear that Israel’s continuing flagrant abuses of international law and UN resolutions will have political consequences for their relationship with New Zealand and the international community.



  1. Hah, not even the main NZ news channels are mentioning this development, and not a whisper from Jacinda Dear and Winston Self.

  2. It always interests me that blogs dealing in any way with the the theft of Palestinian land by Israel using deadly force (war) seem to garner so few comments. The only conclusion i can come to is 1/nobody cares, 2/commenters fear Israeli trolls, 3/that they believe that the maintenance of the worlds largest open air prison by israel and murrica is a good thing.

  3. Zionist Israel has never stopped taking land in Palestine. Not for one single minute since inception.
    Since Balfour’s leveraged ‘sell’ to Rothschild, all acts in Palestine have been in contravention of its own stated intention ‘that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.’
    Zionist Eretz Israel is and always was the program. Implemented in-our-time via NeoconZionist GWOT, its methodology pre-dates Casus Belli ff 9-11 by 22 years. ‘Unrolled’ in 1979 at the Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism (JCIT) by Benjamin Netanyahu and evidenced By Oded YINONs article published in February 1982 in the Hebrew journal Kivunim entitled ‘A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s'(Balkanisation of the Middle East//YINON plan) was confirmed by Wesley Clarke revealing the secret PNAC/Pentagon “7 nation in 5 years’ regime change list, post 911. PNAC stated it’s intention to ‘reshape the Middle East’ in favour of Israel and, with its allies, has done so. What we see now, with these imperial edicts by Trump and the self confessing cia liar pompeo, is the continuation of that plan. There was NEVER any intention for it to be any other way.

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