Violence attributed to Israeli occupation, Palestine affirms

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 (MNA) – The escalation of violence in recent weeks in Cisjordan, including East Jerusalem, is the result of the prolonged Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Maliki on Thursday.

During an open debate of the Security Council, the diplomat said that the key elements of the conflict can only be resolved when the occupation, which described as "unjust, barbaric and racist', ends.

Chaired by Spain in October, the Security Council summoned a forum when the violence rose on September in Cisjordan, caused by the Jewish repression and provocations in holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, particularly in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Al-Maliki, the Palestinian rejection to Tel Aviv's aggression and its continued occupation (nearly 40 years), only finds death and destruction as response.

'The just aspiration of our people to live without colonialism and humiliation is attacked with murders, including the murder of children, fire with live ammunition, arrests and house demolitions', Al-Maliki said.

According to Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Jerusalem were recorded 50 deaths and 1.800 injured and about 1.000 detainees due to the escalating violence.

'That is Israel's response to the legitimate rejection of an illegitimate occupation', said at the meeting of the Security Council, chaired by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

To Minister Al-Maliki, the security forces of Tel Aviv act criminally and in a disproportionate way, because they know they will not be held to account.

In that regard, he urged the Council to end the passive stance towards the conflict and called for adopting measures aimed at ending the occupation and to ensure the creation of an independent Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital.

'We are determined to continue the just struggle for the inalienable right to self-determination, we regret that the Security Council does not take responsibility',' the minister said.

The Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that Palestine remains committed to peace, despite the colonialist attitude of Israel and its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.





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