Pompeo and the Trump administration don’t get to rewrite international law


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2019
Contact: Sonya E Meyerson-Knox | sonya@jvp.org | 929-290-0317

“The Trump administration was never focused on promoting peace, but instead on propping up Netanyahu’s and Trump’s careers and perpetuating Israeli control over Palestinians. Pompeo and the Trump administration don’t get to rewrite international law.”

As the Trump administration is preparing to further contradict decades of international consensus by claiming that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank do not violate international law, Jewish Voice for Peace condemns Secretary of State Pompeo’s statement in the strongest terms.
Rabbi Alissa Wise, acting Co-Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, said:

 

“The pronouncement by Pompeo is just the latest atrocity in the Trump administration’s farcical peace plan: Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, defunding UNRWA, embracing Netanyhau’s plans of massive annexation of Palestinian land, and now an attempt to undo decades of international consensus on the illegality of the settlements. That the plan is devoid of peace is no surprise, but the contempt it shows for cooperation and an agreed-upon set of ethics that safeguards the most vulnerable in war and conflict is alarming. 

“Pompeo couldn’t be more wrong claiming that, ‘arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.’ In fact, holding ourselves and each other to principles, like those within international law, is essential to bring not just peace, but freedom, equality and justice.

“The Trump administration was never focused on promoting peace, but instead on propping up Netanyahu’s and Trump’s careers and perpetuating Israeli control and dominance over Palestinian land and lives at all costs. Pompeo and the Trump administration don’t get to rewrite international law.”

Rabbi Alissa Wise is available to speak with the media.
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Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 500,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.

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