A few days ahead of the British parliamentary vote on the recognition of the State of Palestine, PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, met with correspondents from British media outlets in Palestine to reiterate the official call of the PLO for all states to recognize the State of Palestine as a “human, moral, legal, and political imperative.”
International Conference in Support of the Reconstruction
of Gaza Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, October 2014
RAMALLAH (Ma'an)08 October 2014 -- President Mahmoud Abbas warned Israel on Wednesday against turning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict into a religious war, stressing that recent attacks on Muslim worshipers in the Al-Aqsa mosque threatened to nature of the national struggle.
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Sweden's decision to recognize a Palestinian state is "courageous," senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Friday, calling on other EU states to follow suit.
Dr. Ashrawi further condemned the Israeli settler appropriation of 23 Palestinian homes and the forcible eviction of Palestinian residents by Israeli soldiers in Silwan early this morning:
“Such actions which are part of the Israeli Jerusalem Master Plan of 2020 to Judaize Jerusalem expose the true nature of the Israeli government and its continued attempts to create facts on the ground at the expense of the Palestinian people and their lands, particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem. These actions send a clear message to the world, in general, and to the Palestinian people, in particular, that Israel is committed more to land theft than to peacemaking. Israel’s unbridled settlement enterprise further constitutes a dangerous political insanity.”
September 29, 2014 - Responding to the speech delivered by Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu at the United Nations, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi stated the following:
“Netanyahu’s speech at the UN was a blatant manipulation of facts and attempted at misleading the audience through a combination of hate language, slander and argument of obfuscation. On the one hand he attempted to create an image of an unreal polarized world in which the “forces of evil” are lumped together under the title “militant Islam” blurring any distinctions among different players, including Hamas and Iran, while placing Israel in the opposite pole as a force for “light, morality and justice.”
His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Abbas
President of the State of Palestine
Chairman of the Executive Committee
of the Palestine Liberation Organization
the 69th Session of
the United Nations General Assembly
September 22, 2014, I come here today to convey to you the greetings of my people in Palestine who aspire for peace and justice. Palestine is a country in the heart of the Middle East. A country in the Middle East where Christians and Muslims live in harmony. A country in the Middle East, the birth place of Jesus Christ, in Bethlehem, where I pray with my follow Palestinian Christians three times every year. A country that hopes to live in peace and security side by side with its neighbor the State of Israel.
I come today to pledge to create the new peaceful State of Palestine. I come here to ask you to Rethink Palestine.
September 23, 2014,President Abbas met on Tuesday in New York with a delegation from the Arab Foreign Ministerial Follow-up Committee for the Arab Peace Initiative, headed by Secretary General Dr. Nabil El Arabi’. In the meeting President Abbas briefed the Ministers on the latest developments, particularly regarding Palestine’s initiative to set a deadline at the Security Council to end the Israeli occupation.
On this day, and in the wake of Israel’s most recent massacre in Gaza, we mark the anniversary of another of the most heinous massacres against the Palestinian people, perpetrated with impunity, and for which Israel bears responsibility – the massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982