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Hague urged to stop aid to Israel as West Bank wall celebrates 10th illegal year

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities

Hague urged to stop aid to Israel as West Bank wall celebrates 10th illegal year Hague urged to stop aid to Israel as West Bank wall celebrates 10th illegal year

Foreign secretary William Hague has been accused of allowing Israel to act with impunity and intensify its violence against the Palestinian people.

Ten years ago, the International Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s construction of a dividing wall in the occupied West Bank was illegal under international law.

The ICJ ruled that Israel is legally obliged to dismantle the wall and to pay reparations.

According to the charity War on Want, the ruling put the onus on other countries not to "recognise, aid or assist the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall".

However, 10 years later the wall remains in place while the UK government continues to enjoy strong economic ties with Israel.

Rafeef Ziadah, senior campaigns officer at the anti-poverty charity War on Want, said: “Ten years on from the ICJ ruling, the British government continues business as usual with Israel.

"Diplomatic, military and economic ties continue unaffected, despite Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights.

“With no viable political process in sight, ongoing illegal settlement construction and a Wall that imprisons Palestinians and confiscates their land, we are escalating the pressure on the British government to stop supporting the status quo and put pressure on Israel to abide by international law.”

War on Want works with Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, challenging the wall and demolitions of Palestinian homes by the Israeli government.

Nagham Yassin, a 20-year-old Palestinian student, who lives in the Shu’afat neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, said: “The wall is not for security. It is about controlling Jerusalem.

“We cannot forget the wall’s part in stealing land for settlements. It is a colonial tool.

“Israel is ethnically cleansing Jerusalem, trying to force Palestinians to move to the West Bank.

“They don’t give permits to Palestinians to build new homes in Jerusalem. So, when it is done without permits, because people need to build on their own lands, as families expand naturally, the Israelis demolish the home. These demolitions are happening somewhere almost every day."

Last week, Israel announced plans to build yet another settlement on the illegally occupied West Bank in reprisal for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

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