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Trump's Palestine plan is apartheid, say 50 former foreign leaders from Europe

Christian Fernsby |
Fifty former leaders from across Europe have condemned President Donald Trump’s recently released “peace plan” as akin to apartheid.

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Topics: TRUMP    PALESTINE   

In a letter published in The Guardian today, they say the so called Deal of the Century violates numerous UN resolutions and “the most fundamental principles of international law.”

“The map featured in the plan proposes Palestinian enclaves under permanent Israeli military control, which evoke chilling associations with South Africa’s bantustans,” the leaders add.

Bantustans were a series of impoverished reservations where South Africa’s white supremacist government tried to force millions of Black people to live.

The racist rulers hoped that the world would accept these reservations as “independent states,” and take the pressure off the apartheid regime to grant full, equal rights to Black people.

The signatories include former prime ministers of Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Italy, France and Croatia, as well as Jacques Santer, the former president of the European Commission the European Union’s executive.

Dozens of former cabinet ministers back the statement, which declares that the Trump plan “is not a roadmap to a viable two state solution, nor to any other legitimate solution to the conflict.”

Instead, it “envisages a formalization of the current reality in the occupied Palestinian territory, in which two peoples are living side by side without equal rights. Such an outcome has characteristics similar to apartheid a term we don’t use lightly.”

The ex leaders nonetheless welcome the European Union’s “continued commitment to a two state solution.”



Douglas Alexander Former minister of state for Europe and secretary of state for international development, United Kingdom

Ben Bradshaw Former minister of state for the Middle East, United Kingdom

Gro Harlem Brundtland Former prime minister, Norway

John Bruton Former prime minister, Ireland

Micheline Calmy Rey Former foreign minister and president, Switzerland

Ingvar Carlsson Former prime minister, Sweden

Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz Former foreign minister and prime minister, Poland

Daniel Cohn Bendit Former co president of the Greens European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, Germany

Joe Costello Former minister of state for trade and development and chair of the European affairs committee, Ireland

Willy Claes Former foreign minister and Nato secretary general, Belgium

Massimo d’Alema Former foreign minister and prime minister, Italy

Teresa Patrício de Gouveia Former foreign minister, Portugal

Dominique de Villepin Former foreign minister and prime minister, France

Ruth Dreifuss Former foreign minister and president, Switzerland

Alan Duncan Former minister of state for Europe and the Americas, and minister of state for international development, United Kingdom

Espen Barth Eide Former foreign minister, Norway

Jan Eliasson Former foreign minister and UN general assembly president, Sweden

Uffe Ellemann Jensen Former foreign minister and president of the European Liberals, Denmark

Benita Ferrero Waldner Former foreign minister and European commissioner for external relations, Austria

Sigmar Gabriel Former foreign minister and vice chancellor, Germany

Peter Hain Former minister of state for the Middle East, United Kingdom

Lena Hjelm Wallén Former foreign minister and deputy prime minister, Sweden

Trinidad Jiménez Former foreign minister, Spain

Tom Kitt Former minister of state for overseas development and human rights, Ireland

Bert Koenders Former foreign minister, the Netherlands

Martin Liedegaard Former foreign minister, Denmark

Mogens Lykketoft Former foreign minister and UN general assembly president, Denmark

Sven Mikser Former foreign minister, Estonia

Per Stig Møller Former foreign minister, Denmark

Holger K Nielsen Former foreign minister, Denmark

Andrzej Olechowski Former foreign minister, Poland

Marc Otte Former EU special representative to the Middle East peace process, Belgium

Chris Patten Former vice president of the European commission, United Kingdom

Hans Gert Pöttering Former president of the European parliament, Germany

Jacques Poos Former foreign minister, Luxembourg

Vesna Pusić Former foreign minister and deputy prime minister, Croatia

Mary Robinson Former president and United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Ireland

Jacques Santer Former prime minister and president of the European commission, Luxembourg

Karel Schwarzenberg Former foreign minister and deputy prime minister, Czech Republic

Robert Serry Former UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, the Netherlands

Javier Solana Former foreign minister, Nato secretary general and EU high representative for common foreign and security policy, Spain

Michael Spindelegger Former foreign minister and vice chancellor, Austria

Jack Straw Former foreign secretary, United Kingdom

Gareth Thomas Former minister of state for international development, United Kingdom

Erkki Tuomioja Former foreign minister, Finland

Ivo Vajgl Former foreign minister, Slovenia

Jozias van Aartsen Former foreign minister, the Netherlands

Frank Vandenbroucke Former foreign minister, Belgium

Hubert Védrine Former foreign minister, France

Sayeeda Warsi Former cabinet minister and Foreign Office minister for the United Nations, human rights and the ICC, United Kingdom


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