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‘Made in Israel’ is endorsement of land theft and plunder, said Hanan Ashrawi

Ramallah (QNN)- Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee member, Hanan Ashrawi, has condemned yesterday the US Secretary of State visit to the illegal Israeli settlement of Psagot in the West Bank.

“The visit of US Secretary to the occupied West Bank is a last ditch effort by the outgoing US administration to entrench its pattern of criminality, illegality, and direct complicity in the colonization of Palestine and dispossession of our people. It is also a cynical exploitation by Mr. Pompeo to advance his own personal political goals as the new face of far right ideologues in the US,” Ashrawi stated.

Regarding Pompeo’s decision of labeling products made in illegal Israeli settlements as ‘made in Israel’, Ashrawi said this step is “an outrageous and illegal policy tantamount to de facto recognition of Israel’s annexation of most of the West Bank.”

She added, “It is an attempt to legitimize the theft of Palestinian land and plunder of Palestinian resources that runs counter fundamental principles of international law and the global consensus.”

Ashrawi also condemned Pompeo’s decoupling of the Occupied Palestinian Territory by labeling Palestinian products from the West Bank and Gaza as separate entities, saying that “this is one more measure affirming that the Trump agenda was always the disenfranchisement of the Palestinian people and their permanent subjugation to Israel’s illegal control.”

She declared that such measures are intended to “corner the incoming US administration with layers of legal and administrative measures that maintain the destructive Trump legacy beyond his disruptive term,” adding “these policies have very real consequences on Palestinian lives and rights that must be undone.”