Lawmakers in Europe call on Israel to ditch annexation plans

first_imgAny Israeli move to annex parts of the West Bank would be “fatal” for Middle East peace hopes and must be prevented, if necessary with countermeasures, more than 1,000 lawmakers from across Europe said in a letter to European governments.The June 23 letter, signed by 1,080 lawmakers from 25 countries and made public on Wednesday, raises parliamentary concerns about US President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The signatories said annexation would break international law.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set July 1 as the date for the start of cabinet discussions on moving forward on annexation, in line with Trump’s plan that envisages Israeli sovereignty over 30% of the West Bank and Palestinian statehood under strict conditions. “Such a move [annexation] will be fatal to the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace and will challenge the most basic norms guiding international relations,” the letter said.”Acquisition of territory by force has no place in 2020,” said the lawmakers, who included members of parliament from Hungary and the Czech Republic, two countries sympathetic to Israel and to Trump’s Jan. 28 peace plan.The plan offers US recognition of Israel’s settlements dotted across the West Bank, and Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley — land captured in the 1967 Middle East war and claimed by Palestinians for a future state.Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014 and the Palestinians see annexations as an illegal land grab. The United Nations Security Council has said settlements violate international law. Israel disputes this, citing biblical, historical and political connections to the land.The European lawmakers called for “commensurate consequences” if Israel, which has more than 400,000 settlers in the West Bank, went ahead with annexation — a reference to possible economic, trade or other sanctions.”Failure to adequately respond would encourage other states with territorial claims,” the letter said.Netanyahu has dismissed criticism of the annexation plans. He says that extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank will bring peace closer once critics of the move recognize that hundreds of thousands of settlers in the area will remain under any future deal.Internal documents and Reuters interviews with more than two dozen diplomats and officials showed there is no clear EU strategy on how to stop Israel’s plan or how to respond in a meaningful way if annexation goes ahead.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Ferdinand: Fernandes a breath of fresh air at Man Utd

first_img “He’s somebody who is going to have an impact and have an influence on other people it seems. He’s come in and I’m seeing improvements in other people’s performances. “Mata for one, he and Mata have linked up very well. He plays the ball into people, his awareness of space and people around him is phenomenal. Read Also:Man Utd star Fernandes pictured shopping at Tesco with his wife “It’s still early days, we can’t say he’s the saviour, but where we are now he’s scored two back-to-back penalties, but more importantly it’s been his performances, how he’s carefree his imagination.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has praised Bruno Fernandes for the impact he’s made at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes  Ferdinand has credited the Portuguese midfielder for bringing the best out of his teammates already. “He’s come in and he’s been a breath of fresh air,” the BT Sport pundit said on his YouTube channel. “There’s no heirs and graces and he looks like he’s come in and is someone who wants to play football and enjoys his football.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest WomenEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Pretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Muchlast_img read more

Pakistan’s Hassan Ali named player of ICC Champions Trophy

first_img… Hassan also wins Golden Ball trophy; Shikhar Dhawan wins Golden Bat trophyFAST bowler Hassan Ali was named player of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after he bowled Pakistan to its maiden ICC Champions Trophy title at The Oval.Sunday’s 181 runs victory over traditional rival India was also Pakistan’s first title in a 50-over tournament since winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992.Pakistan had won the ICC World Twenty20 England 2009, and as such, has become only the fourth side after India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies to win all the three ICC majors.Hassan also won the Golden Ball trophy after finishing the series with 13 wickets, while India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who had won the player of the tournament in 2013, walked away with the Golden Bat trophy with 338 runs.Hassan Ali was in sublime form in the tournament when he displayed excellent variation, picked up wickets consistently and in crucial phases during Pakistan’s successful journey in the competition, which had started with a 124 runs drubbing at hands of India at Edgbaston on 4 June.After being at the wrong end of the stick against India when he picked up one for 70 in 10 overs, Hassan bounced back strongly and returned figures of three for 24 against South Africa, three for 43 against Sri Lanka, three for 35 against England in the Cardiff semi-final and three for 19 in the final against India.As such, he finished the series with 13 wickets at an average of 14.69 and an economy-rate of 4.29.Hassan was selected as the Player of the Tournament by a five-person selection panel that comprised Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Chairman Event Technical Committee), former captains Michael Atherton of England, India’s Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan, as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack, and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (correspondent of the Agence France-Presse).Meanwhile, Dhawan won the Golden Bat trophy after finishing as the leading run-getter.The left-hander scored 68 against Pakistan, 125 against Sri Lanka, 78 against South Africa, 46 in the semi-final against Bangladesh and 21 against Pakistan in the final.ICC Champions Trophy Player of the Tournament winners:1998 – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)2000 – Not awarded2002 – Not awarded2004 – Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)2006 – Chris Gayle (West Indies)2009 – Ricky Ponting (Australia)2013 – Shikhar Dhawan (India)2017 – Hassan Ali (Pakistan)last_img read more