Earlier this month we heard the news that Israel’s new coalition government has announced that, from as early as July 1st, it will legislate to formally annexe parts of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley. This has immense implications for the Palestinian people. Annexation, as well as being illegal under international law, threatens the livelihoods, hopes and daily lives of thousands of Palestinian families who are already experiencing severe restrictions under Israeli occupation since 1967. Despite international condemnation, Israel continues to pursue its annexation agenda with support from the United States. At the same time, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, partners on the ground tell us that Israel has increased its policies of home demolitions, closures, arrests, child detention and settler violence. This is not the first time Israel has used an opportunity such as this, when the world’s attention has been diverted elsewhere, to further entrench their illegal control over the lands and lives of Palestinians. This is not only illegal but immoral.

Last week over 140 MPs wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling on him to place sanctions on Israel should it proceed with annexation plans. This falls in line with the expectation of states to uphold international humanitarian and human rights law and follows the precedent set by the EU when Russia annexed Crimea.

We are asking members and associates to please write to their MPs asking them to sign the letter to Boris Johnson and to join the call for sanctions against Israel should it proceed with annexation. Further information and links for taking action can be found here on the Sabeel-Kairos website:

Taking action for Palestine, Sabeel-Kairos

– Warren Bardsley, on behalf of the Iona Community’s Common Concern Network on Israel Palestine

Warren Bardsley has served as a human rights observer in Jerusalem and the West Bank with the WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme, and has written three books on the Palestinian struggle for justice and human rights. He is one of the founder members of the Kairos Britain movement.

Photo from the Sabeel-Kairos, website ©

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One Response to Take action: Israel planning to annexe parts of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, from the Iona Community’s Common Concern Network on Israel Palestine and Sabeel-Kairos

  1. Monica Bolton says:

    There is also an early Day Motion 464, which you could ask your M.P. to sign. This is the wording
    That this House notes with concern the plans of the new Israeli coalition government to annex part of the occupied West Bank; further notes that Israeli legislation can progress from 1 July 2020 to carry out such an annexation; highlights that any such annexation of territory occupied in 1967 is a breach of international law which rejects any acquisition of territory through force and that it would be a major threat to peace; notes that when Russia illegally annexed the Crimea in 2014, the UK joined EU partners in imposing sanctions on that country; calls on the Government to make clear to the Israeli Government that such a step will have severe consequences for the UK-Israel relationship; and further calls on the Government to introduce sanctions similar to those imposed on Russia in the event that an annexation of occupied territory takes place.

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