Abbas at the UN: “Israel is Planning a New Nakba”
The political leadership reacted in rage to the harsh speech of the Chair of the Palestinian Authority, who accused Israel of genocide, on the stage of the UN General Assembly. “This is not the way a man of peace talks”, claimed the Prime Minister’s office. Foreign Minister Liberman: “Abbas is leading to the conflict continuing”
Sep 27, 2014, 09:22AM | Ayelet Izraeli
n light of the renewed cooperation between Hamas and Fatah, which was announced two days ago in Cairo, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, gave a harsh speech at the UN General Assembly yesterday (Friday), during which he accused Israel of war crimes during operation “Protective Edge”. According to him, “Israel is preparing for a new Nakba and the world must stop it”. The Israeli representative was absent during the speech.
Abbas began his speech with strong criticism of the deaths of Palestinian citizens during the operation in Gaza. “We will not forget and we will not forgive, and we will not allow war criminals to escape punishment”, emphasized the Palestinian President. “The Palestinian people hold steadfast to their legitimate right to defend themselves against the Israeli war machine and to their legitimate right to resist this colonial, racist Israeli occupation”.
Abbas, who very well understands the effectiveness of boycotts against Israel, supported those defending it. “Amidst a torrent of massacres and storms of massive destruction, we witnessed the peoples of the world gathering in huge demonstrations declaring their condemnation of Israel’s aggression”, said Abbas. “There was also an increase in boycotts meant to bring peace”.
The empty seat, Israel. Photo: AP / Channel 2 News
From the battles in Gaza, Abbas moved on to the diplomatic standstill, pointing a blaming finger towards Israel, claiming it is undermining the chance for peace. “Settlement construction, home demolitions, killing and forced displacement in the West Bank continued unabated, as well as the unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip”, he attacked.
According to him, “Israel reached an agreement with the Americans regarding the release of a group of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s jails – while we continue to insist on releasing all of them. Israel did not hesitate to reveal its true positions, it rejects the Palestinian state and refuses to find a just solution to the plight of the Palestine refugees”.
“Israel offers us isolated ghettos, without borders and without sovereignty, which will be under the subjugation of the racist settlers and army of occupation. At worst, Israel proposes Apartheid”, Abbas added and later claimed that “it reminds me of other scenes from history”.
Abbas also demanded that Israel and the international community set a deadline for any future solution. “There is no meaning nor benefit in negotiations not aimed to end the Israeli occupation and form a Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, over the entire territory occupied in 1967. There is no value in negotiations without a specific time frame for the implementation of these objectives”.