The Hamas Movement has said that the US administration’s stated support for Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank vindicated further that it is an accomplice in the aggression against the Palestinian people and their rights.
“The US secretary of state’s claim that the settlements and its construction by the occupation are not contrary to international law is a flagrant violation of all principles of the international law and the international humanitarian law,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem stated in a press release on Monday.
Spokesman Qasem described the establishment of these settlements as a real war crime, recalling the fact that the occupation expelled the Palestinian people from their own land, then stole it to build settlements by force and brought other people from around the world to live on usurped land.
“These settlements, like the occupation, are illegal, and our people will continue their struggle until they remove them, expel the occupation and return to the land they were forced to leave,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman was responding to US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s remarks on Monday, in which he said that his country no longer designates Israel’s settlements in the West Bank as illegal under international law.