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Non-Aligned Movement Demands Israel Withdraw to 1967 Borders With Syria

By Ilya Tsukanov – Sputnik – 10.10.2020

The 120 member-strong Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has issued a political declaration whose demands include Israel withdrawing from occupied Syrian territories in the Golan Heights.

In a statement published Friday after a virtual ministerial meeting, the NAM said its members “condemn all measures taken by Israel to change the legal, physical and demographic status of the Occupied Syrian Golan, and demand once again that Israel should abide by the United Nations Security council resolution 497 (1981), and to withdraw fully from the Occupied Syrian Golan to the borders of 4 June 1967, in the implementation of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973).”

In addition, the NAM reiterated that “a just, lasting solution to the question of Palestine in all its aspects must remain its priority and also a permanent responsibility of the United Nations until it is satisfactorily resolved in all aspects in accordance with international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions.”

The group of nations also reaffirmed the need to “respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty, the sovereign equality, political independence and inviolability of international borders of other states,” and to refrain from intervention in other countries’ internal affairs.

Established in 1961 at the height of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, the NAM was seen as an alternative to the idea of a bipolar world order of two competing military blocs. Today, the NAM consists of 120 member nations, with most countries in the Middle East and Africa, plus much of Latin America and Asia and several post-Soviet republics among its members. China, Mexico, Brazil and more than a dozen other countries serve as observers.

The Trump administration formally recognised Israeli “sovereignty” over the Golan Heights in March 2019. Dozens of countries, including the US’s European allies, condemned the decision. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called it a “conscious, deliberate demonstration of lawlessness.”

Earlier this summer, on the occasion of President Trump’s birthday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced “practical steps” to create a so-called “Trump Heights” settlement in the area to honour the President’s recognition of Israeli control over the territory. The Israeli government plans to allocate some $2.3 million for construction of the settlement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the inauguration of a new settlement named after President Donald Trump in Golan Heights, Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Israel occupied the Golan Heights in June 1967 after launching a preemptive air strike against Egyptian airfields and thereby starting the Six Day War against a coalition of Arab states including Egypt, Syria and Jordan. In 1981, Tel Aviv formally annexed the territory, but the decision was not recognised by the Security Council, including the US, despite its alliance with Israel. In December 1981, the Security Council unanimously declared that Israel’s move was “null and void”. Behind the scenes, however, the Reagan administration did not press Israel to rescind its decision, and in January 1982 Washington and its allies vetoed a second resolution calling on the international community to take action to put pressure Israel.

Damascus has repeatedly stressed that it would never give up its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and has warned that it has the right under international law to regain its territories using any means necessary.

Along with the Golan Heights, Israel continues to occupy a 22 sq km strip of Lebanese territory known as Shebaa Farms, as well as the internationally recognised Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

October 10, 2020 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, War Crimes | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. While the USA “Has Israel’s Back”, Israel will continue to thumb it’s nose at everyone else on Earth. Only the USA can restore peace in the Middle East. But, Israel holds a Power over the American GOVERNMENT, and nothing will change until the USA government grows a spine. But, as they say……..”MONEY TALKS”…..

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 10, 2020 | Reply

  2. Yes, Brian, you are right; Israel has got away with murder, theft and violence with US protectionism. And yes, the Israeli lobbies traitorously control American state apparatuses in their favour at tremendous cost in lives and treasure (Middle East Wars, Global military occupation). And yes ‘Money talks’. But the NAM of 120 countries making a stand indicates a Global reaction. If China were to join, a more powerful money will talk. And when the Americans realize they have been milked to fund Israeli expansion and protection and realize that Israelis put them in harms way by orchestrating ‘9-11’ and many other terror events plus the sequential ‘lock-downs’ under the Patriot Act, then they will ‘grow a spine’ as you put it. Then the World will also show some spine and work to restore land, Human Rights and peace to the Palestinians and other Muslim nations. I believe the Courts may play a leading role in this, hopefully avoiding a military solution so readily and unjustifiably visited on other nations by the Cabal.

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    Comment by jbthring | October 10, 2020 | Reply


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