Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinian demonstrators gather during a protest against Israeli settlements in Beita town, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank [File: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]
The State of Palestine will file a suit against Israel at international courts in case it proceeds with its plans to annex Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad al-Maliki, has said.
Al-Maliki’s remarks came as part of a meeting convened with the European Union's Representative to Palestine, Sven Cohan von Burgsdorf.
Al-Maliki said that the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent statement – in which he said that it was up to Israel to decide whether to annex parts of the occupied West Bank – was a proof of the US's "complicity" in Israel’s colonial project.
He urged the EU to pressurize the Israeli government to halt its annexation plans and to take punitive measures once such a land grab plan materializes on the ground.
"The European Union's position on the status of the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 remains unchanged," the EU said in a statement. "In line with international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied West Bank."
"The European Union reiterates that any annexation would constitute a serious violation of international law. The European Union will continue to closely monitor the situation and its broader implications, and will act accordingly", the EU statement further read.