Israelis rally against West Bank annexation plan

Protesters gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on June 6, 2020, to denounce Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
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Updated 07 June 2020

Israelis rally against West Bank annexation plan

  • Demonstrators waved Israeli and Palestinians flags and held placards against the occupation of the West Bank
  • One demonstrator called for more solidarity between Palestinians and Israelis

TEL AVIV: Thousands of Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv Saturday night against the government’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, an AFP reporter said.
Demonstrators waved Israeli and Palestinians flags and held placards against the occupation of the West Bank and the possible annexation of parts of it, in a rally organized by leftwing NGOs and political parties.
US President Donald Trump’s controversial Middle East plan, unveiled early this year, gives Israel the green light to annex Jewish settlements and other strategic territory in the West Bank.
As part of a recent agreement to form a coalition government with Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can submit the Trump plan to his cabinet and to parliament as early as July 1, for possible endorsement.
The plan also envisions the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory and without meeting the key Palestinian demand of having its capital in east Jerusalem. The Palestinians have rejected the plan outright.
One demonstrator called for more solidarity between Palestinians and Israelis.
“We have done so much damage to each other, the Palestinians and the Jewish” people, Anat Schrieber told AFP.
“We are brothers — we belong here, both of us, we can do so much more together than separately.”
Another rally attendee, identifying herself as Eden, called for “justice to Palestinians and peace to both people, Israelis and Palestinians.”
“In an apartheid reality there cannot be peace for us or them, nor can there be justice.”
An annexation of the territories would violate international law and likely inflame tensions in the volatile region.
“I am afraid of the annexation plan,” Eden said. “I think it will lead to riots and even war.” The plan “will not achieve anything... (and) has no connection to peace,” she contended.


Yemeni government calls for Iran’s arms embargo to be extended 

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Yemeni government calls for Iran’s arms embargo to be extended 

  • A Yemeni minister called to intensify pressure on the Iranian regime
  • He said Tehran’s activities that undermine the security and stability of the region

Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar Al-Iryani called on the international community and the permanent members of the Security Council to extend the arms embargo previously imposed on Iran.
The Yemeni minister also called to intensify pressure on the Iranian regime. He said Tehran’s “terrorist activities that undermine the security and stability of the region and international peace” must be stopped, state news agency Saba reported on Saturday. 
“The Iranian regime’s continued supply of weapons, experts and funds to the Houthi militia is a flagrant violation of international resolutions related to the Yemeni crisis,” Iryani said. 
Al-Iryani added that the arrest of a Houthi cell for smuggling Iranian weapons and its admission to receiving training in Iran and its association with the Revolutionary Guards is compelling evidence of Iran’s involvement in managing weapons smuggling operations and supporting the Houthi militia.
Al-Iryani indicated that these confessions confirm the Houthi militia's exploitation of the Stockholm Agreement – signed in December 2018 – and its use of the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Issa for smuggling Iranian weapons.