Ashrawi: Jerusalem’s Palestinian identity will outlive Israel’s colonial occupation

RAMALLAH, Thursday, PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi condemned on Thursday the signing by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of an order extending the closure the Orient House as well as several other Palestinian institutions in occupied East Jerusalem.

This provocative decision adds to the suffering and isolation, imposed by Israel on the Palestinian population in Jerusalem as part of its colonial policy to displace and replace the Palestinian people with all means possible, including the expansion of the illegal settlement regime, Ashrawi said in a press release.

She reaffirmed on behalf of the PLO the Palestinian people’s unequivocal rejection of Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem. Further, Israel has no sovereign rights in our occupied capital, Jerusalem, as repeatedly affirmed by the United Nations Security Council.

Israel’s decision comes in the context of the partnership between the Israeli right-wing extremist coalition and the Trump administration, whose objective is to irresponsibly destroy all chances for the attainment of peace, Ashrawi continued. The illegal and unilateral decision of the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel continues to embolden and encourage Israel to escalate its violations of Palestinian national and human rights.

The PLO member said this US-Israeli partnership is allowing Israel to be a shameless serial violator of international law while undeservedly enjoying immunity from international accountability.

Ashrawi called on the international community to intervene to hold Israel accountable for its unlawful actions. I call on all states to stand up to this offensive affront to international law and defend the integrity of the rules-based international order.

Jerusalem’s Palestinian identity will outlive Israel’s colonial occupation and its illegal action. Palestinians are deeply rooted in the City and are determined to protect their capital and its cultural heritage.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency

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