Norway: Israeli colonies in occupied territories are illegal

Norway denounces the Israeli regime’s settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories as ‘illegal’.

“The settlements built by Israel in the Palestinian territories are illegal,” declared Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide on Tuesday from Cairo (Egyptian capital).

During a joint press conference with her Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shukri, the Norwegian Chancellor also ratified her country’s support for the Palestinian people and urged the Tel Aviv regime to put an end to the expansion of colonies in the occupied territories.

For his part, Shukri insisted on the need to support the right of the Palestinian people within the framework of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

These statements come one day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the Tel Aviv regime plans to build more than 23,000 illegal homes in the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) over the course of five years, thus increasing its control over the occupied Palestinian area.
Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 are considered illegal by the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the vast majority of the international community, for violating the Geneva Convention by building on occupied land.

Despite the criticisms made by the international community regarding the issue of illegal Israeli settlements, Israel has accelerated in recent months the process of construction and expansion of settlements.

For their part, the Palestinian authorities denounce US support for Israeli colonisation and have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to initiate an investigation into Israel’s illegal construction on their territory.

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