Wednesday, August 4

Pompeo legitimizes Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories in historic visit

Correspondent in Jerusalem



Mike Pompeo became the first active U.S. Secretary of State to visit the occupied territories and traveled to the Psagot winery, near Ramallah, and to the Golan Heights, an area taken from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed in 1981. The one that seems to be his last trip to Israel Before the replacement in the White House, it served the head of US diplomacy to demonstrate once that his commitment to the Jewish State is above the United Nations resolutions and the politics of his country of the last decades.

For a year the Republican administration stopped considering the settlements as illegal and after the visit to Psagot, Pompeo announced that the United States will label the exports of the colonies with the mention “Made in Israel.” A decision that came accompanied by the measure to declare as “anti-Semitic” the international movement Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which calls for a boycott against Israel for its actions against the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Winemaker Yaakov Berg displays a bottle of the wine named after the US Secretary of State.
Winemaker Yaakov Berg shows a bottle of the wine named after the US Secretary of State – AFP

‘Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. The United States is, therefore, committed to facing the global BDS campaign as a manifestation of anti-Semitism “, declared the Trump envoy, in a line similar to that defended by Emmanuel Macron in 2017 when it came to equating anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism, a confusing assimilation of synonyms because there are Jews who are neither Zionists nor Israelis.

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Despite international law considering all settlements illegal, the Israeli occupation is advancing and about 700,000 settlers live in West bank Y East Jerusalem. Since 2015, the European Union requires that all products from the occupied territories explain that they come from a colony, a measure described as “pernicious” by Pompeo. A large part of the Psagot winery rises private land Palestine, but this did not seem to matter to the envoy of Donald Trump, which joined the ultranationalist discourse and reaffirmed the “historical and religious right of the Jewish people to this land.”

In addition to the winery, Trump visited Qaser el Yehud, the site of Jesus’ baptism located on the Jordan River in Jericho, and flew by helicopter to the Golan Heights. “Imagine the risk it would represent for the West and Israel if this territory were under Assad’s control,” were his words and also recalled Trump, who last year broke again with the international consensus to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over this land. occupied Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Pompeo at the King David hotel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Pompeo at the King David hotel – EP

The spokesperson for the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeina |, “firmly” condemned Pompeo’s visit to the occupied areas and described it as a “flagrant challenge to all international legitimacy.” Rudeina asked “the international community, and specifically the United Nations Security Council to assume its responsibilities and implement its decisions, especially resolution 2334, which was adopted with the approval of the previous Administration.”

This resolution condemned the Jewish settlements in occupied territory, but as seen in the last four years it has remained symbolic.

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