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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Pompeo repeatedly finds new ways to disgrace himself.

He’s the very model of what diplomacy is not supposed to be — an anti-diplomat, never the real thing.

Months earlier, he mocked international law. Turning reality on its head, he said the following:

“The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law (sic),” adding:

“Israeli courts have confirmed the legality of certain settlement activities (sic).” 

There’s no ambiguity about the illegality of Israeli settlements.

Fourth Geneva’s Article 49 states the following:

“Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”

“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

Security Council Resolution 2334 (December 2016) affirmed the following:

Settlements have “no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation under international law.” 

The resolution demands that “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

It recognizes no territorial changes “to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.”

It “(c)alls upon all States, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.”

Geneva Conventions and Security Council resolutions are binding international law. They’re automatically US constitutional law.

The US, other NATO countries and Israel operate exclusively by their own rules — the rule of law time and again breached by their regimes in power.

On Wednesday during his visit to Israel, Pompeo became the first US official ever to visit an illegal settlement.

Hundreds of Palestinians protested his arrival.

They were targeted by Netanyahu regime military forces like virtually always in response to legitimate nonviolent demonstrations — with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades.

So-called non-lethal weapons can cause serious injuries, at times death.

Demonstrator Muafaq Sahweil likely spoke for others, saying the following:

“We are here today to stand against the visit of Mike Pompeo to this illegal settlement, which was built on stolen Palestinian land,” adding:

Pompeo’s visit to an illegal settlement on stolen Palestinian land is an “insult to all international accords and agreements on the settlements, and is a flagrant violation of international law.”

On Thursday, Pompeo became the first US secretary of state to visit Occupied Golan.

Last year, Trump formally and illegally recognized Syria’s Golan as Israeli territory.

Together with Netanyahu at the White House, he said:

“This was a long time in the making. This should have been done numerous presidents ago.” 

Golan is sovereign Syrian territory, illegally occupied by Israel since its preemptive June 1967 war.

In response to Trump’s announcement, Syria’s Foreign Ministry called it a “blatant attack on (its internationally recognized) sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Along with former IDF chief/Netanyahu regime foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi and heavy security, Pompeo visited parts of Occupied Syrian Golan.

Defying international law, he called the territory “part of Israel.”

Syria’s Foreign Ministry called his visit “a provocative step…and a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

During his stay in Israel, he scheduled no meetings with Palestinian officials.

His trip from November 13 – 23 includes talks with officials in France, Turkey, Georgia, the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, as well as Israel.

On November 19, he issued the following statement:

Henceforth, Israeli settlement goods will be labeled  “Israel”, “Product of Israel”, or “Made in Israel” when exported to the US.

No matter their origin on stolen Palestinian land, they’ll be treated no differently from other Israeli goods.

What’s produced by Palestinians will be marked “West Bank” or “Gaza.”

“Under the new approach, we will no longer accept ‘West Bank/Gaza’ or similar markings, in recognition that Gaza and the West Bank are politically and administratively separate and should be treated accordingly,” Pompeo announced.

This pronouncement is another US/Israel step toward eliminating any possibility of Palestinian self-determination ahead.

Calling BDS Movement activism for Palestinian rights “a cancer,” Pompeo said the Trump regime “will regard (it) as anti-Semitic.”

There’s nothing remotely anti-Semitic about BDS activism. Its effectiveness is why dark forces in the US, other Western nations, and the Jewish state want the movement undermined and eliminated, even criminalized.

In response to Pompeo’s announcement, the Palestinian BDS National Committee said the following:

“It’s quite ironic that the Trump (regime), prompted by Israel’s apartheid regime, continues to enable and normalize white supremacy and anti-semitism in the US and worldwide while simultaneously smearing BDS, a leading Palestinian-led human rights movement and its millions of supporters worldwide as ‘anti-semitic.’ ”

“The fanatic Trump-Netanyahu alliance is intentionally conflating opposition to Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid against Palestinians and calls for nonviolent pressure to end this regime on the one hand with anti-Jewish racism on the other, in order to suppress advocacy of Palestinian rights under international law.”

“The BDS movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality, stands with all those struggling for a more dignified, just and beautiful world.” 

“With our many partners, we shall resist these McCarthyite attempts to intimidate and bully Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders into accepting Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism as fate.”

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.