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Trump delivers another blow to Palestinians

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In the world of US President Donald Trump, the illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land with flagrant disregard for international law have been declared legal. The acquisition of territory through military means remains illegal in international laws and conventions, but that has not deterred this wretched president. Nevertheless, Israeli settlements on land occupied since the 1967 Six Day War are always going to be illegal, no matter what Israel and the US claim to the contrary, as they have neither the legal nor moral right to dictate otherwise.

Indeed, claims like Washington’s latest are made from afar with little knowledge or understanding of the context of the situation on the ground; in Washington’s mind, and in stark contrast to democratic norms, might is right. At a stroke, the US has exposed Western arrogance when it comes to meddling in Middle East affairs, especially on matters in which Israel is involved.

Ever since Britain’s Balfour Declaration more than 100 years ago, Palestinian lives have been directly affected by the decisions made on continents thousands of miles away from their homeland. The direct result of the tremors created by the 1917 declaration was the 1948 ethnic cleansing of 700,000 Palestinians driven from their homes at gunpoint. Those who resisted paid with their lives while the rest were expelled by Zionist militias and terror gangs in what is now called the Nakba (Catastrophe) of the creation of the State of Israel in Palestine. That process is ongoing to this day, with land seizures and house demolitions an everyday occurrence in the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel’s annexation of the land upon which the settlements are built will no doubt follow soon, and another part of Palestine will be wiped off the map.

Britain fulfilled its pledge to “view with favour” the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. Not content with that, though,........

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