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Chandra Hayslett, Center for Constitutional Rights, (212) 614-6458,

Shift on Israeli Settlements Violates Norms Established at Nuremberg, Human Rights Attorneys Say

WASHINGTON - In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will reject well established, clear and unambiguous international legal standards recognizing the illegality of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:

Like its radical decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the latest Trump administration decision reflects its total alignment with the Israeli government’s long-standing and racist aspirations to steal Palestinian land in service of Israeli profit and nativist ideology. This is a naked violation of basic international human rights and humanitarian law. The military theft and occupation of Palestinian land is a war crime—as measured by norms established in Nuremburg to prevent again the horrors of German occupation of other European states—as well as a crime against humanity; it is part of a systematic project to erase Palestinians, legally and physically. Two days after pardoning war criminals, Donald Trump again demonstrates that he, himself, as well as his obsequious Secretary of State, Pompeo, and his closest ally Netanyahu, are themselves war criminals.  


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