RAMALLAH (Dispatches) – Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Saturday warned the Zionist regime against taking steps towards the practical annexation of West Bank lands.
The PLO’s department of defending lands and resisting illegal Zionist settlements unveiled in a report that extremist groups of Zionist settlers joined a chamber of operations that prepares for the annexation plan of West Bank lands on the ground.
"These groups are recruiting activists and held a series of sessions and workshops discussing what are the next steps,” said the report, adding that these groups held field tours to see how the annexation plan will be implemented.
The cabinet of Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex more than 30 percent of the West Bank territories, including the Jordan Valley, while imposing Zionist regime’s so-called ‘sovereignty’ on several illegal settlements.
The PLO report said that the Zionist troops escalated its measures in the Jordan Valley area, including destroying water infrastructure, confiscating equipment and destroying farmers’ properties.
Hundreds of Palestinians rallied in the city of al-Khalil in southern West Bank on Friday against the United States-backed plan to annex huge swathes of the occupied territory.
The rallies were held on the anniversary of the Zionist regime’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The regime occupied the territories during a Western-backed war that year. It was forced to leave Gaza in 2005 but keeps the coastal sliver under a crippling siege. Across the West Bank, the occupying regime has illegally built over 230 settlements that house more than 600,000 Zionists.
Netanyahu announced the plan emboldened by a hugely-controversial plot that was detailed and backed by U.S. President Donald Trump on January 28.
The protesters on Friday chanted anti-Tel Aviv and anti-Washington slogans, waved Palestinian flags, and held up banners some of which read, "No to the policy of annexation of the West Bank. No to division of al-Khalil.”
"Today is a day for general mobilization in all of the country’s governorates against the annexation deal, which was announced by Netanyahu, and in rejection to Trump’s ‘deal of the century,’” one demonstrator said, referring to the U.S. plot by the ironic name that has been assigned to it by the U.S. president.
The participants, the protester said, were seeking "to send a message to the world, especially Israel, that the people will not accept any solution less than a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with al-Quds to be the capital.”