ISTANBUL

An Istanbul conference on Monday discussed the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Feras Qawasmeh, head of the Palestinian Land Affairs Department at Istanbul-based NGO Vision for Political Development, and independent researcher Hamza Halaybeh made a joint presentation titled — The Israeli Settlements/colonists and apartheid wall in the West Bank as part of the seminar at Sabahattin Zaim University.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency ahead of the seminar, Qawasmeh slammed a recent announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the U.S. will no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal.

“This is not right,”

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