Palestinians slam Pompeo's plan to visit occupied lands


Palestinian prime minister and groups decried Friday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s plan to visit the Golan Heights and an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank next week.

“Pompeo's plan to visit Jewish settlements is a dangerous attempt. It is against international law and UN conventions,” according to a statement by the office of Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh.

The visit aims to legitimize Israeli settlements and its expansion activities in West Bank, Shtayyeh stressed.

Hamas Spokesperson Hazim Qasim told Anadolu Agency that the planned move shows that the US administration violates all international customs and laws.

Islamic Jihad Movement spokesman Dawoud Shihab, for his part, said Pompeo's visit is a hostile act to consolidate the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian lands and the Golan Heights.

Pompeo's visit aims to legalize Israel’s illegal settlement policies and shows US administration’s support to Israel in this regard, a member of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine Central Committee Maher Mezher told Anadolu Agency.

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