Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. Credit: Reuters
The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) said it will hold an emergency ministerial-level meeting on Nov. 25 to tackle the recent announcement by the Trump administration that it no longer considers Israeli settlements on Palestinian occupied territories as illegal.
In a Wednesday statement, Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo Diab al-Louh said the meeting will underscore the recent U.S. position which no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank contrary to international law.
The Palestinian ambassador said the recent U.S. move dovetails a series of U.S. one-sided positions that contravene international law and relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the US no longer considers the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as inconsistent with international law.
The move sparked a wave of condemnations by international rights groups and Palestinian diplomats who said the announcement contravenes international law and UN resolutions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the US announcement "rights a historical wrong".
Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they breach the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits an occupying power from transferring its population to the area it occupies.
The settlements are also considered a major stumbling block to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
More than 600,000 Israelis currently live in settlements in the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Some three million Palestinians live there.