Joint annexation statement – calling on public bodies to uphold international law

Sabeel-Kairos UK has joined over 20 charities, trade unions, religious groups, and civil society organisations signing a statement urgently calling on public bodies to “uphold their ethical and legal responsibilities to ensure human rights and international law are respected” as a direct response to Israel’s plans to illegally annex Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Statement, published on 11th September 2020

As charities, trade unions, religious groups, and civil society organisations, we urgently call on public bodies to uphold their ethical and legal responsibilities to ensure human rights and international law are respected.

As the Israeli government moves towards illegally annexing additional Palestinian land, the necessity for accountability and collective responsibility in maintaining an international rules based system of law becomes paramount. The actions of the Israeli government are not only an attack on the rights and futures of Palestinians, but also against the very foundations of international law.

Official annexation would culminate years of gradual de facto annexation – which has been taking place through the appropriation of land, forcible displacement of Palestinians, and the transfer of an Israeli settler population to the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

We echo UN Special Rapporteur, Professor Michael Lynk, in calling on the international community to ensure there is a cost to defying international law in the context of settlement expansion. This mirrors Palestinian civil society calls for effective measures to stop annexation and Israel’s ongoing infringements on their human rights.

Local authorities, churches, Local Government Pensions Schemes, universities, and businesses all have a clear responsibility to ensure they are not aiding or sustaining violations of international law. We call on all such bodies and organisations to guarantee they are not complicit in further entrenching Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people, and that their practices of investment and procurement reflect their ethical and legal responsibilities to uphold an international system of law.

 

Signed:

Archbishop of Wales, The Most Rev’d John D E Davies

Amos Trust

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union

Bishop of Bangor, The Right Rev’d Andy John

Bishop of St Davids, The Right Rev’d Dr Joanna Penberthy

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

Communication Workers Union

Fire Brigades Union

GMB Union

Iona Community

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights

Muslim Association of Britain

National Education Union

Pax Christi England & Wales

Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK

Public and Commercial Services Union

National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

Sabeel-Kairos

Scottish Palestinian Forum

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association

University and College Union

UNISON

Unite the Union

War on Want

Sabeel-Kairos is the operating name of Friends of Sabeel UK (FOSUK) Ltd, Charity number 1116817, Company Number 5595112

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