Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urges an end to Israel’s “apartheid” occupation at the United Nations.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” by evicting Palestinians from their homes and stealing their property in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.
Abbas addressed on the fourth day of the General Debate, a week-long event in which dozens of world leaders address the assembly and discuss pressing issues in their respective countries.
Abbas reiterated a recent UN study that revealed that Israeli forces demolished or seized over 300 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in the first three months of 2021, a 121 percent rise over the same period a year earlier.
“Our people and the entire world will not allow such a situation if Israeli occupation authorities continue to entrench the reality of one apartheid state, as they are doing today,” he stated.
“On the land of historical Palestine, circumstances on the ground will ultimately impose equal and full political rights for all.”
Some of the years-long demolitions occur when Palestinians are unable to get or retain specific licenses, or when their homes are deemed too close to Israeli military bases.
Palestinians have long complained that they have little options for opposing Israel on this subject, and that demolitions occur without warning and leave them destitute.
Abbas offered Israel a year to terminate its occupation of Palestinian-controlled territory gained after the 1967 Six-Day War, which Palestinian officials want for a future state. If that fails, he warned, the PA will stop formalizing its recognition of Israel and file a complaint with the International Court of Justice.
“We have not been able to collect our property [from homes before demolition]owing to Israeli rules that contradict international law and UN resolutions,” Abbas added in his speech. “Palestinian refugees have the right to return to their homes, recover their belongings, and get reasonable compensation.”
He went on to say that forcibly removing Palestinians from their homes, and sometimes entire neighborhoods, can only be classified as “ethnic cleansing” under international law, which is “rejected by our people and the world community as… a crime under international law,” he stated.
Abbas expressed optimism for peace through a “two-state solution,” as proposed by US President Joe Biden. Article Summary from Nokia News