Arab League slams Israeli plan to annex occupied West Bank

The Arab League has condemned Israel’s controversial proposal to annex much of the occupied West Bank, saying the move would constitute a “new war crime” against the Palestinians.

The remarks came in a joint statement issued by Arab foreign ministers on Thursday following a virtual conference chaired in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

“The implementation of plans to annex any part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including the Jordan Valley … and the lands on which Israeli settlements are standing represents a new war crime … against the Palestinian people,” said the statement.