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US was never fair mediator in Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Palestine

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Thursday accused the US of not being a "fair mediator" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said the Trump administration's stance on the issue has "blown the cover" of its foreign policy in the

Palestinian in New Delhi, Adnan Abu Al Haija, thanked for its support for the cause and hoped that the Indian leadership will continue to "guide and support" it.

"Some people say (US President) Mr is the worst thing to happen to the I don't agree. Because, in what he is and what he does, he has blown the cover of the American foreign policy in the Middle East," he said at an event here to mark the 'International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People'.

The alleged that the US was never a "fair mediator" when it came to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"The pro-bias of the US has always been there for everyone to see, irrespective of whether it was Democrat or a Republican (administration).

"The US used to give an impression of impartiality (on this issue). With Mr (Donald) Trump, that fake veneer is gone, and the real and true face of the American policy is out for everyone to see," Al Haija said.

The event was hosted by Indian Council of (ICWA) at Sapru House and of the Mission, League of Arab States, Alyaa Ghannam and UN Resident in

Former of and TCA Raghavan also addressed the audience, which included members of the diplomatic corps, retired foreign service officers, foreign policy experts and scholars.

India has been supportive of the Palestinian struggle and in his message to mark the occasion, said, "We hope for an early resumption of dialogue between and for moving towards a comprehensive and negotiated resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Afanasiev read out the message of UN on the occasion.

"This year's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People takes place at a time of turmoil, trouble and torment. The (UNRWA) is providing and needs our full support," Guterres said in his message.

"I also urge, and all others with influence to restore the promise and viability of the two-state solution premised on two states living side by side in peace, harmony and withing secure and recognised borders, with as the capital of both," he said.

The Palestinian envoy, in his speech, accused of adopting "unlawful methods" of appropriation of land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including claiming land as 'state land'.

Last July, Israel adopted a "racist" law that crossed all the red lines and called it the 'Nation-State Law of the Jewish People', Al Haija said.

This law "denies the connection" of the Palestinian people to their historic homeland and "dismisses their right to self-determination" and their history, and heritage, as well as the UN resolutions relevant to the Palestine question and the agreements concluded with Israel", he said.

"This law will inevitably lead to the creation of one racist state, an apartheid state, and nullifies the two-state solution... This law constitutes a gross breach and real danger, both politically and legally, and reminds us of the apartheid state that existed in

"We therefore reject and condemn it in the strongest terms," he said.

The appealed to the international community to reject and condemn it, too, as a "racist, illegal law" and "deem it null and void".

Thousands of Jews and Israeli citizens have rejected and protested this law and "56 (Israeli parliament) members, out of 120 voted against it", Al Haija said.

The Palestinian envoy said a clear example of Israel's policy of "collective punishment" is that the decade-long "inhumane and illegal blockade" against the Strip, and the long-standing restriction on movement of people and goods to and form Gaza, leading to an "ever-worsening humanitarian crisis".

"Since last March, the Israeli military forces have killed more than 220 and injured 25,000 civilian protestors, children, women, medical teams, journalists, and others in Gaza," he said.

Al Haija said the US withdrew the funding given to UNRWA (Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and Palestinian hospitals, believed it will make us "buckle at the knees and accept its illegitimate demands".

But, many "brotherly nations", including India have stepped up and the deficit in UNRWA funds is "just 10 per cent" of what it used to be before the US decided to pull out, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 20:40 IST
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