Palestine calls on European companies to stop trading with Israeli settlements

RAMALLAH: Palestine has urged the European governments to prohibit their companies from trading with Israeli settlements in the Palestinian terrain, President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party said in a statement.

the statement issued by the Palestine government on Wednesday reads as follows: "It is time for the European governments to implement international law on stopping all kinds of commercial dealings with Israeli settlements built on the occupied Palestinian territories.  In addition, the American ice-cream giant, Ben & Jerry's announced that it will end the sale of its products in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), saying it was " inconsistent with our values".

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and has controlled them ever since. The Jewish settlements are considered a violation of international law by most of the international community.

Last year, The Palestinians had long called for the removal of the settlements, arguing that their presence on land they claim for a future independent Palestinian state makes it almost impossible to make such a state a reality.

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