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Pompeo visit to Palestine settlements would legitimise them

Occupied Jerusalem- The Inside Palestine- The Palestinian Authority (PA)’s Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, Fatah and Hamas agreed on Friday that the planned visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank would be too “dangerous”.

Reported by Wafa news agency, Shtayyeh believes that the planned visit aims to “legitimise the settlements” and create “a dangerous precedent that violates international law.”

Meanwhile, member of Fatah’s Executive Committee Hussein Al-Sheikh tweeted: “Pompeo’s planned visit is a clear violation of international law,” noting that US administration considers settlements illegal.

Pompeo would become the first US secretary of state to visit one of the settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are considered illegal by most of the international community.

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Hamas Spokesperson Hazim Qasim expressed: “Pompeo’s visit to settlements in occupied West Bank and Golan Heights is an American aggression on the rights of our Palestinian people and Arab nation.”

Qasim reiterated “this visit reflects the persistence of US administration on the implementation of the deal of the century,” during the last days of President Donald Trump in office.

“This US behavior reflects the US and Pompeo’s aggressive and bullying logic,” Qasim concluded.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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