ANKARA, Sep. 14 (Reuters / EP) –
The Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OCI) will meet this Sunday as a matter of urgency to address the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will annex the border area with Jordan located in the occupied West Bank if it wins the September 17 elections .
Representatives before the OCI will meet specifically in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to discuss “Netanyahu's statements about Israel's intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the illegal settlements of the West Bank.”
Last Tuesday the Foreign Ministers of the Arab League have already expressed their condemnation of this “aggression” that seriously affects the options of a peace agreement with the Palestinians. The EU has also rejected this possibility.
Some 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israeli settlers live in the Jordan Valley and in the northern region of the Dead Sea, according to the Israeli Human Rights organization BTselem. The most important Palestinian city is Jericho and in the region there are also 28 Bedouin towns and communities.
The West Bank – including East Jerusalem – the Gaza Strip – from which Israel withdrew in 2005 – and the Golan Heights were militarily occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, so that settlement construction and Colonization of these territories represents a war crime from the point of view of International Law.
In total in the West Bank there are about 531,000 Jewish settlers, according to 2012 data, partly in colonies considered legal by Israel and part in settlements considered illegal even by the Israeli Government. The current figures could be higher.