Een Andere Joodse Stem/Another Jewish Voice expresses its support for the UN Security Council resolution to reaffirm the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the demand to stop all its settlement activities.
All settlement activity dispossesses Palestinians of their lands and intentionally makes the occupation of the West Bank irreversible; it therefore damages the chances for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The fierce and absurd reaction of Netanyahu and his ministers to the resolution reaffirms that the current Israeli government is not interested in stopping the occupation or taking any steps towards peace. As such a concrete action from the international community is needed.
EAJS therefore supports the endorsement of the UNSC resolution by the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs. We call the minister to take concrete steps to promote the implementation of the decision on regional, national and European levels and to start by instructing all Belgian companies to halt any business activity in the settlements and by banning the import of settlements products to Belgium.
(Photo: The West Bank settlement Beitar Illit can be seen in the background of an olive tree field in the Palestinian village Husan, where 38 trees were damaged by settlers in October 2013. Photo credit: EAPPI/J. Kaprio)