Parliamentarians express grave concern over Trump’s so-called ‘peace plan’ for Israel and the Palestinians.

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The full letter reads:

Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing to you as a group of cross-party parliamentarians to express our grave concern over the contents of US President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘peace plan’ for Israel and the Palestinians. The plan presented on 28 January shows contempt for the rights of the Palestinian people and international law, and provides no realistic basis for a return to negotiations. Instead, it makes peace less likely, and threatens to undermine a fundamental principle of the post-WWII international legal order: the prohibition of annexation and territorial conquest. The long-standing position of the UK is that a negotiated peace settlement must be agreed to achieve a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, leading to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state that has secure and recognised borders, and with Jerusalem as a shared capital of both states. The vision presented by the US administration is one where Palestinians would have none of these: no true shared capital in Jerusalem, no sovereign control of its borders or security, and with Israeli control far beyond the Green Line. As a group of 16 UK charities warned this week: “if implemented [the plan] will lead to the formal annexation of Palestinian land, perpetual Israeli occupation, and the negation of Palestinians’ collective right to self-determination.” It is a plan that the Palestinians have no choice but to reject if they wish to maintain their fundamental rights, but that they will be punished for not accepting.
The announcement comes at a time of unprecedented suffering for the Palestinian people, with increasing rates of demolitions of Palestinian structures and the displacement of families, obstruction of access to healthcare and education and humanitarian collapse in Gaza. Palestinians’ perpetual aid dependency is not the result of a natural disaster: it results from the occupation’s stranglehold on the Palestinian economy, including the denial of access to Area C’s abundant natural resources and Gaza’s territorial waters.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now stated that he will begin proceedings on 2 February to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea, and Israeli settlements in the West Bank built in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Such a flagrant breach of international law cannot be allowed to pass. The UK government has repeatedly stated that annexation of part of the West Bank “would be contrary to international law, damaging to peace efforts and could not pass unchallenged.” Now is the time to outline exactly what form such a challenge would take.
The UK must work with other states to respond robustly to both the US plan and any annexation of Palestinian territory. It must demonstrate that serious breaches of international law result in serious consequences, just as the UK and European partners have rightly done with regards to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. Double standards would have dire consequences for the rule of international law, which would endanger all nations and peoples, including our own.
As Foreign Secretary, in 2017 you warned the Government of Israel that it faced a stark choice: “you have to have a two-state solution or else you have a kind of apartheid system.” Given that the US proposal leaves no room for a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, it opens the door only to the latter option.
We call on you to reconsider the UK government’s position in welcoming this unworkable and unfair ‘deal’ and ask that you make clear to us what response you intend to make to the announced plans for annexation.
As the UK exits the EU this week, there could be no sterner test of our country’s values, its ability to lead, and its belief in the rule of law. We urge you to ensure that the UK remains a true supporter of fairness, justice, and peace.
Yours sincerely,

Rushanara Ali MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Emily Thornberry MP
John McDonnell MP
Lord Hain
Alistair Carmichael MP
Ed Davey MP
Christine Jardine MP
Layla Moran MP
Lord Steel
Joanna Cherry QC MP
Stewart McDonald MP
John Nicolson MP
Tommy Sheppard MP
Philippa Whitford MP
Crispin Blunt MP
Lord Cope

Debbie Abrahams MP
Tahir Ali MP
Rosena Allin-Khan MP
Tonia Antoniazzi MP
Jonathan Ashworth MP
Apsana Begum MP
Clive Betts MP
Baroness Blackstone
Paul Blomfield MP
Ben Bradshaw MP
Baroness Brinton
Lyn Brown MP
Chris Bryant MP
Karen Buck MP
Richard Burgon MP
Dawn Butler MP
Liam Byrne MP
Dan Carden MP
Ruth Cadbury MP
Wendy Chamberlain MP
Sarah Champion MP
Feryal Clark MP
Daisy Cooper MP
Stella Creasy MP
Janet Daby MP
Marsha De Cordova MP
Tan Dhesi MP
Jack Dromey MP
Rosie Duffield MP
Clive Efford MP
Julie Elliott MP
Chris Elmore MP
Bill Esterson MP
Stephen Farry MP
Margaret Ferrier MP
Vicky Foxcroft MP
Kate Green MP
Lilian Greenwood MP
Andrew Gwynne MP
Louise Haigh MP
Fabian Hamilton MP
Emma Hardy MP
Mark Hendrick MP
Wera Hobhouse MP
Sharon Hodgson MP
Rachel Hopkins MP
Rupa Huq MP
Imran Hussain MP
Baroness Hussein-Ece
Baroness Janke
Diana Johnson MP
Lord Judd
Preet Kaur Gill MP
Barbara Keeley MP
Liz Kendall MP
Baroness Kennedy QC
Afzal Khan MP
Stephen Kinnock MP
Ben Lake MP
David Lammy MP
Chris Law MP
Emma Lewell-Buck MP
Clive Lewis MP

Tony Lloyd MP
Holly Lynch MP
Shabana Mahmood MP
Khalid Mahmood MP
Seema Malhotra MP
Rachael Maskell MP
Chris Matheson MP
Kerry McCarthy MP
Andy McDonald MP
Conor McGinn MP
Alison McGovern MP
Catherine McKinnell MP
Anna McMorrin MP
Stephen Morgan MP
Grahame Morris MP
Ian Murray MP
James Murray MP
Baroness Northover
Brendan O’Hara MP
Sarah Olney MP
Chi Onwurah MP
Kate Osamor MP
Matthew Pennycook MP
Toby Perkins MP
Jess Phillips MP
Lucy Powell MP
Lord Purvis
Yasmin Qureshi MP
Steve Reed MP
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP
Tulip Siddiq MP
Naz Shah MP
Virendra Sharma MP
Baroness Sheehan
Andy Slaughter MP
Alex Sobel MP
Jeff Smith MP
Jo Stevens MP
Jamie Stone MP
Wes Streeting MP
Zarah Sultana MP
Gareth Thomas MP
Stephen Timms MP
Valerie Vaz MP
Claudia Webbe MP
Catherine West MP
Matt Western MP
Alan Whitehead MP
Nadia Whittome MP
Munira Wilson MP
Lord Wood
Mohammad Yasin MP
Daniel Zeichner MP

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