2019-11-19 12:57:51

U.S. Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is “Entrenchment of an Apartheid Regime”

The Trump administration has announced it no longer views Israel settlements in the occupied West Bank to be a violation of international law, in another blow to possible Israel-Palestine peace negotiations.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a reversal to the U.S. position, putting the U.S. at odds with the international community.

A U.N. resolution in 2016 declared the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pompeo’s announcement as a historic day for Israel, but Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the U.S. decision.

Soon after Mike Pompeo announced the new U.S. policy, the U.S. Embassy in Israel issued a travel warning to Americans in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

From Washington, D.C., we speak with Noura Erakat, a Palestinian human rights attorney and legal scholar.

She is an assistant professor at Rutgers University and the author of “Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine.”

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