BETHLEHEM (Mon -) – Adalah, the legal center for the rights of Arab minorities in Israel, warned Monday that the Israeli government's response to the petition filed with the Israeli Supreme Court is sending signals of Israel's intentions to continue with the annexation of the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli government legally submitted material to the Israeli Supreme Court and stated that "the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) can legislate anywhere in the world and it is permissible to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries through legislation that would be applied to events that occur in their territories. "
This statement was declared on 7 August in a written response, submitted by the Israeli government to the Israeli Supreme Court, regarding the petition against the regularization law for settlements filed by Adalah and Al Mezan Human Rights Center in Gaza on behalf of 17 local authorities. Palestinian authorities in the West Bank.
Adalah and co-complainants claimed that the Israeli Knesset is not allowed to enact and impose laws on territories occupied by Israel. Therefore, the Knesset can not enact laws that annex the West Bank or violate the rights of Palestinian residents of the West Bank.
The lawyer of the Israeli government, Arnon Harel, wrote in the legal material that was submitted: "The Knesset may impose the powers of the West Bank's military commander at its discretion." The Knesset may define the authorities of the army commander in his own right. discretion The authority of the government of Israel to annex any territory or to enter into international conventions derives from its authority as determined by the Knesset. "
Harel concluded: "The Knesset may ignore the guidelines of international law in any area that it wishes", which is a direct violation of international law and international humanitarian law.
In response, Suhad Bishara and Myssana Morany, Adalah's lawyers, who had petitioned the settlement settlements, said: "The Israeli government's extremist reaction has nowhere in the world committed an equal violation of international law and of the United States. Nations Charter of the nation requiring Member States to refrain from threats or violence against the territorial integrity of other states – including occupied territories – The extremist position of the Israeli government is in fact a statement of its intention to continue with the annexation of the West Bank. "
The petition was filed by 17 Palestinian municipalities and three human rights organizations of the West Bank, Israel and the Gaza Strip jointly filed a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court on 8 February 2017 to remove the controversial settlement laws on the pretext of violating international humanitarian law and is labeled as unconstitutional.
The regularization law for settlements aims to "legalize" Israeli law, illegal outposts of Israeli settlements, built on private Palestinian soil.
The law describes a new process to legalize about half of the settlements in Israel, as well as about 3,000 additional houses illegally built in settlements, which Israel recognizes as legal. In essence, this law allows a further massive land theft of private Palestinian land through Israel. The European Union and the United Nations strongly condemned the law, and even the Attorney General of Israel announced that he would not defend it in court.
The petitioners said: "The law not only damages the private property of the Palestinians, but is also intended to violate their right to dignity by – without hesitation – clarifying that the interests of the settlements and Israeli-Jewish settlers in the West Bank take precedence have above the rights of the Palestinians and therefore Palestinians can be expelled from their property. "