Hadash MK Yousef Jabareen lashed out at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision, announced on Sunday, May 12, to name a new town in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights for US President Donald Trump.
In response to Netanyahu’s announcement, Jabareen tweeted , “It’s fitting for US President Trump to have a settlement named after him that’s illegal and contravenes international law. Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights is spitting in the world’s face. Transferring Israeli citizens to the Golan is a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. A war crime named after Trump.”
Netanyahu made the announcement during the weekly cabinet meeting, saying that the naming the new settlement after Trump was in appreciation of the US president’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. “I promised that we would establish a community named after President Trump. I would like to inform you that we have already selected a site on the Golan Heights where this new community will be established, and we have started the process. I will submit a decision for official approval by the new government once it is formed,” Netanyahu said.