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Mike Pompeo backs West Bank settlements in landmark visit

Mike Pompeo backs West Bank settlements in landmark visit”

"The United States urges governments around the world to take appropriate steps to ensure that their funds are not provided directly or indirectly to organizations engaged in anti-Semitic BDS activities", Pompeo's statement concluded.

The UAE and Bahrain have said from the beginning that their decision to normalize ties was made on condition that Israel not apply Israeli law to areas of Judea and Samaria.

Last year, Mr Trump's administration controversially recognised Israeli sovereignty in Golan Heights, and Mr Pompeo on Thursday condemned what he described as calls from "the salons in Europe and in the elite institutions in America" for Israel to return it to Syria.

Pompeo insisted that the USA still remains committed to achieving "sustainable peace" and will "continue to oppose those countries and worldwide institutions which delegitimize or penalize Israel and Israeli producers in the West Bank through malicious measures that fail to recognize the reality on the ground". "I want you to know we will immediately take steps to identify organizations that engage in hateful BDS conduct and withdraw USA government support for such groups".

"We want to stand with all other nations that recognise the BDS movement for the cancer that it is".

Israel sees BDS as a strategic threat and has long accused it of anti-Semitism, and a law passed in 2017 allows it to ban foreigners with links to the movement. "This is an outgoing administration, but it set a symbolic precedent", she said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is addressing the complex predicament with a most unusual 10-day trip - a farewell tour in everything but name in which he has dodged the press but forged ahead with Trump's norm-shattering foreign policy.

As you just said, he visited a settlement in the occupied West Bank with a winery that a year ago named a vintage after him.

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On the way there, he made a stop at Qasr el Yahud, revered as the site of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan Valley, according to the same official.

Dozens of Palestinians have demonstrated near the winery, and some threw stones at soldiers guarding the entrance to the settlers' industrial zone yesterday.

The PA denounced Abu Dhabi and Manama in the strongest terms, saying the Palestinian people were "stabbed in the back" by their fellow Arabs, and called for mass demonstrations in the two Gulf countries against their governments.

Pompeo said a year ago that the United States no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be contrary to global law.

"Pompeo is intoxicated by apartheid wine stolen from Palestinian land".

"Canada's vote today is a reflection of our longstanding commitment to the right of self-determination for both Palestinians and Israelis", said Canada's UN Ambassador Bob Rae in his explanation of the vote to the General Assembly.

It was a controversial move, but one in line with the Trump administration's policy.



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