JERUSALEM: Belgium Urge EU To Sanctions Against Israel If It Annexes 'Palestinian' West Bank
Jun. 26, 2020
The Belgian parliament today have passed resolution asking the European Union to impose sanctions against Israel if it go ahead with its plan to annex large area of the occupied West Bank.
In a 150-member House of Representatives with 101 affirmative votes, 39 abstentions and zero votes against it, the lawmakers passed the measure concerning Israel’s annexation of occupied territories in Palestine.
Another motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was also due to be voted on before it was delayed and sent back to the foreign affairs committee for further debate.
MPs from left-wing parties, including the Socialist Party and members of the French and Green parties, proposed the resolutions.
Acccording to MP Ecolo Simon Moutquin who authored the resolution; “It is a matter of defending international law. There is no equidistance to be respected in this fight.
OSpeaking on the aim of the resolution, he said: “On the one hand, send a message to the Israeli government ‘Don’t cross that red line’. On the other hand, give some hope to the Palestinians who have suffered injustice for decades.”
More than 1,000 European lawmakers across the political spectrum issued a letter earlier this week warning Israel against annexing parts of the occupied West Bank.
Legislators said they “share serious concerns about [US] President Trump’s plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the imminent prospect of Israeli annexation of West Bank territory.”
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