RAMALLAH, June 24, 2018 (MENA) - The US has moved from supporting Israel to replacing it in the conflict with Palestine, said Palestine's Ambassador to the UN Riyadh Mansour.
Despite this transition in the US role, Mansour told MENA on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority secured 129 votes against 9 in the UN General Assembly condemning Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city.
The General Assembly also adopted a resolution condemning Israel's excessive use of force against Palestinians with 120 votes in favor, eight against and 45 abstentions.
The diplomat lauded the Arab support of Palestine at regional and international forums, saying we are looking forward to more support and positive stances from our Arab brothers toward the Palestinian issue.
As regards providing international protection to the Palestinians, he said the Palestinian Authority together with its Arab and non-Arab friends should come up with constructive suggestions of ways of providing effective international protection to the Palestinians because this is part of our struggle against the American "deal of the century".
Under the deal, US President Donald Trump proposes that Abu-Dis will be the capital of a future Palestinian state instead of East Jerusalem. Also, under it the Old City will remain under full Israeli control, and, in return, Israel will withdraw from three to five Arab neighborhoods east of Jerusalem.
RAMALLAH, June 24, 2018 (MENA) - Palestine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomed Britain's stance which asserts that Al Quds (East Jerusalem) is part and parcel of Palestine.
The ministry praised Britain's insistence that a visit of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, to Palestine is to include Al Quds.
In a press statement on Sunday, the ministry expressed appreciation of the British stance and renewed rejection of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocation of its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
CAIRO, June 24, 2018 (MENA) – Head of the Egyptian delegation participating in an Arab League session on Palestinian educational affairs on Sunday renewed Cairo's firm support for the Palestinian cause, calling for more efforts to back the Palestinian educational process against Israeli attempts to impose its own curriculum on Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem.
Hanan Hassan Moftah, the director general of the cultural affairs department of the Egyptian Education Ministry, stressed the need to show Arab solidarity in the face of Israel's anti-Palestinian schemes.
Moftah's remarks were made on the sidelines of the 78th session of the Arab League's Educational Affairs Council on Palestine that kicked off here today.
Also, she reaffirmed Egypt's stance rejecting Israeli violence in the Gaza Strip and violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces.
The AL urged the Quartet on the Middle East to protect the Palestinian people against the Israeli practices, she said.
At the end of her speech, Moftah announced that Egypt is relinquishing its presidency of the session to the Palestinian delegation in honor of the Palestinian state.
TEL AVIV, June 24, 2018 (News Wires) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, who has shunned the Trump team over its alleged pro-Israel bias, particularly on the fate of contested Jerusalem.
The interview came out after a weeklong trip around the region by Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. The team met with leaders of Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the administration’s proposals for a peace deal.
Palestinian leaders have blasted the Trump negotiating team in recent days. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Kushner and Greenblatt on Saturday of trying to topple the Abbas-led West Bank autonomy government and dismantle the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees.
Any peace plan would face major obstacles, including the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, internal Palestinian divisions, and recent cross-border violence between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel. It remains unclear how the Trump administration would proceed with a peace plan without Palestinian co-operation.
Kushner said the plan is “almost done,” but offered scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity. He made no mention of a Palestinian state arising alongside Israel.
Kushner cast doubt on Abbas’ ability to make a deal, alleging that the Palestinian leadership is “scared we will release our peace plan and the Palestinian people will actually like it” because it would offer them a better life.
“The global community is getting frustrated with Palestinian leadership and not seeing many actions that are constructive towards achieving peace,” Kushner said. “There are a lot of sharp statements and condemnations, but no ideas or efforts with prospects of success.”
Palestinian leaders have refused to meet with the Trump team since the president recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. Jerusalem is an emotional issue at the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel captured the city’s eastern half, home to holy sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it. Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as capital of a future state.
“If President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage; if he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly,” Kushner said.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh responded to Kushner’s interview by restating that American efforts will yield no result if they bypass the Palestinian leadership, and if they are not aimed at an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.
RAMALLAH, June 23, 2018 (MENA) - A Palestinian youth was injured in his leg as Israeli occupation forces opened fire against him at Al Container checkpoint, northeastern Bethlehem.
The occupation forces prevented Red Crescent paramedics from offering assistance to the injured youth, Palestinian sources said on Saturday.
Israeli police claimed, in a statement, that a suspect carrying suspicious object approached the corridor dedicated to vehicles at Al Container checkpoint.
RAMALLAH, June 22, 2018 (MENA) - A Palestinian youth was wounded by Israeli army's rubber bullets during clashes in south of the West Bank, a Palestinian security source said on Friday.
According to the source, the clashes erupted earlier in the day after Israeli occupation forces raided Dheisheh refugee camp in southern Bethlehem, where they fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas.
The forces also arrested a Palestinian young man at the refugee camp after storming his home, he added.