Call On the EU to Ask Its Dual Nationals Not to Live in the Settlements

إشتيه يحذر في الأمم المتحدة: إما حل الدولتين أو حل دولة واحدة، بحكم القانون دولة الفصل العنصري

DSC_9707“We call on the European Union to boycott the Israeli products manufactured in settlements in the West Bank and to ask its dual nationals not to live in the settlements,” said Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, Senior Adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas, Representative of the State of Palestine during the opening session of United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, focusing on “Speeding up relief, recovery and reconstruction in post-war Gaza”

He added: On Wednesday 1 April, Palestine would be a member of the International Criminal Court, where it would seek justice for the aggressions against Gaza and the illegal settlements built on its territory since 1967.

Dr. Shtayyeh demanded the international community to end double standards in terms of the world’s relationship with Israel.

He accused Israel of killing the possibility of a Palestinian State. He said: “Israel wanted to kill the possibility of a Palestinian State and keep the Gaza Strip separated from the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

He said: “Israel wanted to kill the possibility of a Palestinian State and keep the Gaza Strip separated from the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The international community held the carrot and the stick, and it was time to end double standards in terms of the world’s relationship with Israel. By 2020 the population between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean would be more than 50 per cent Palestinian, meaning that a minority of Jews would be governing a majority of Palestinians. He warned that Israel wanted to maintain the status quo, but in fact it had the choice of a two-State solution or a one-State solution, a de jure apartheid State.

DSC_9727Dr. Stayyeh said that the Seminar was taking place just days after the Israeli elections in which the Israeli public moved even further to the right by choosing a Government that had officially declared its intention to destroy the possibility of a Palestinian State and bring in a new wave of colonization programmes. However, a National Consensus Government had been formed and was investing every effort in making Palestinian reconciliation a reality, in uniting people and geography and in preserving the two-State solution.

He added: “the Palestinian leadership had moved from an armed struggle from 1967 to 1988 to a strategy of peaceful negotiations for a two-State solution. There had been 24 years of negotiations, the longest peace process in the world – and neither strategy had brought about an end to the occupation. Palestinians had received $23 billion in aid and were grateful to all countries which had given it, including Austria, but how many more times could it rebuild, he asked.”

Instead, he said, Palestinians were taking a new direction. The first was through the United Nations Security Council. Although the resolution calling for a timeframe in which the occupation would be ended was not adopted, Palestinians would continue their endeavours because the United Nations was the legitimate address through which to seek justice. Second, 138 countries so far had recognized Palestine as a State; it was a member State of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and it would continue approaching other United Nations organizations. Mr. Shtayyeh called on the European Union to boycott Israeli products manufactured in Israeli settlements and to ask its dual nationals not to live in the settlements. The third was the legal direction. As of Wednesday 1 April, Palestine would be a member of the International Criminal Court, where it would seek justice for the aggressions against Gaza and the illegal settlements built on its territory since 1967.

Dr. Stayyeh said that there is no real reconstruction in Gaza, there is a human relief: “Today’s Seminar was about rebuilding the accumulated destruction of Gaza, he said, noting that so far, no more than 5 per cent of aid pledged following the 2014 conflict had been delivered. Rather than relief, what was needed was reconstruction and development. The international community had to look at the situation with open eyes, he said, and to achieve a two-State solution the three-State reality of Israel, West Bank and the Gaza Strip must be ended.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his election campaign, had stated that he would destroy the possibility of a Palestinian State. The reality of that intention was seen on the ground every day.

During the press conference Steyyeh we asked Dr. Steyyeh: Which are the solutions that will be introduced in this Seminar in case you overcome obstacles to the reconstruction of Gaza??

Israel destroyed schools belonging to the UNRWA during the Gaza war. Will the United Nations go to its Member States, who have sent donations to Israel, in order to recover the reconstruction costs which they caused??

Steyyeh said: “The UN raised the issues of the school damages in Gaza with the Israelis and I think there is a committee of behalf of the un investigating the aggression against the human facilities. The most important part, the story of what is happening in Gaza today is accumulation of destruction. Is not destruction of 2014, it is the destruction of 2012, 2009, 2008, 2002.

He added: “The most important side of the story is that we would like the international community to protect its own money. Not only to giving donations but giving donations for the reconstruction protect the unlit reconstructed facilities so it will not repeat itself again.”

Dr. Steyyeh made it clear that the other important part of the story is that the Gaza problem has to do not only with the reconstruction and the lack of the money, but the problem of Gaza that it lives under the siege for more than eight years. The continuous siege of Gaza is damaging the two state solutions, to our people and creating a lot of suffering to our people.

He said that the most important message which we have to send to the international community and to the donor countries is that the Palestinian-Palestinian reconciliation is going to take place very soon and that nobody will find an excuse for not giving money the way it should be given.

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