Dozens of British politicians from throughout the political spectrum have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose sanctions on Israel if it goes forward with plans to annex elements of the occupied West Financial institution.
In a letter launched on Friday, 127 present and former MPs, together with members of the Conservative Get together, known as on Johnson to make it clear that annexation is against the law beneath worldwide legislation and “could have extreme penalties together with sanctions”.
“Worldwide legislation is crystal clear. The acquisition of territory by warfare is prohibited,” the doc reads.
The Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu), which organised the letter, stated it was an “unprecedented intervention”.
‘If we’re to stop different states with territorial ambitions from copying Israeli unlawful behaviour, the UK should take a lead in standing as much as this aggression’
– Letter to UK authorities
“Politicians together with former cupboard members, ministers and senior diplomats, demanded actions not phrases in opposing any Israeli annexation,” the group stated in an announcement.
The letter warned that annexation could be a “mortal blow” to peace efforts and the two-state answer. It in contrast Israel’s making use of its sovereignty to Palestinian land to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.
“Britain fairly correctly opposed these acts with acceptable measures, together with sturdy sanctions,” it stated.
Johnson has been a vocal critic of Russia’s actions in Crimea.
“The safety of each nation depends upon the important precept that nations shouldn’t change borders or purchase territory by power. That’s the reason the destiny of Crimea issues to all of us,” he wrote in 2018 when he was international secretary.
“All of us have an obligation to face as much as Russia in a measured and resolute manner.”
‘The UK should take a lead’
Israel occupied the West Financial institution, East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights within the 1967 warfare towards its Arab neighbours.
Friday’s letter stated that the worldwide neighborhood is “duty-bound” to guard Palestinians beneath the occupation.
“If we’re to stop different states with territorial ambitions from copying Israeli unlawful behaviour, the UK should take a lead in standing as much as this aggression,” it reads.
The politicians additionally accused Israel of making the most of the unfold of the coronavirus to “implement this egregious plan”.
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Signatories embrace Lord Chris Patten, the previous chair of the Conservative Get together; Sir Edward Davey, the chief of Liberal Democrats, and Baroness Helena Kennedy.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly vowed to annex giant elements of the West Financial institution in defiance of worldwide legislation.
In April, he reached an settlement together with his chief rival Benny Gantz to kind a coalition authorities that may transfer ahead with an annexation legislation.
Final 12 months, the UK joined France, Germany, Italy and Spain in warning towards Israel’s annexation plans.
“This may, if carried out, represent a critical breach of worldwide legislation,” the European nations stated in a statement.