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UN rights chief urges Israel to halt 'illegal' annexation plan

Parstoday 2020-06-29 19:52:37

The UN human rights chief has denounced the Israeli regime’s “illegal” plan to annex large parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the West Bank, warning about the “disastrous” consequences of the move.

According to Press TV, the UN human rights chief has denounced the Israeli regime’s “illegal” plan to annex large parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the West Bank, warning about the “disastrous” consequences of the move.

“Annexation is illegal. Period. Any annexation. Whether it is 30 percent of the West Bank, or five percent,” United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Monday, adding that Israel needed to “listen to its own former senior officials and generals, as well as to the multitude of voices around the world, warning it not to proceed along this dangerous path.”

She called on the Tel Aviv regime to shift course, warning that “the shockwaves of annexation will last for decades, and will be extremely damaging to Israel, as well as to the Palestinians.”

“The precise consequences of annexation cannot be predicted. But they are likely to be disastrous for the Palestinians, for Israel itself, and for the wider region,” Bachelet pointed out.

The UN rights chief also warned that “any attempt to annex any part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory will not only seriously damage efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region, it is likely to entrench, perpetuate and further heighten serious human rights violations that have characterized the conflict for decades.”

Bachelet then cautioned that annexation would almost certainly lead to increased restrictions on Palestinians' right to freedom of movement, as their population centers would become enclaves.