Palestinian Dies Hours After Arrest By Israeli Forces

Pauline Gross
February 23, 2018

He additionally cited the administration's decision to slash funding for UNRWA-the U.N. agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, which he said the United States "helped establish"-while criticizing Trump for threatening to shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization's offices in Washington, D.C".

"Today there was a reaction from the Palestinian people and popular activists, a reaction to this dishonourable and bad reception" by the polling company, Khawaja said. In his thirty-three minute speech to the Security Council, Abbas repeated the word "peace" 35 times and the term "negotiations" fifteen times.

"It has become impossible today for one country or state alone to solve a regional or global conflict", he said.

The Palestinians are furious at President Donald Trump for overturning decades of USA policy and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

He said Abbas has refused to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for 7 1/2 years "to negotiate peace", and he told council members that instead, the Palestinian president has been coming to the United Nations.

One of the demonstrators, Salah al-Khawaja, said he had come to show his opposition to Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

A Palestinian man died after he was shot in the West Bank while attempting to attack Israeli troops and beaten by soldiers after he was downed. "I sit here today offering the outstretched hand", Haley said, noting that American negotiators were sitting right behind her, referring to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.

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Haley said the Palestinians are now confronted with a choice: "You can chose to denounce the United States, reject the USA role in peace talks, and pursue punitive measures against Israel in worldwide forums like the U.N".

The Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon spoke directly after Abbas, who left the meeting after his speech, and blamed the Palestinian president for inspiring "a culture of hate within Palestinian society". "We will present it when it is done and the time is right".

Washington, she said, realizes the Palestinians leadership was "very unhappy" with Trump's decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem.

"We come here before your august council in the midst of the deadlock of the peace process due to the USA decision regarding Jerusalem", he told the 15-nation council.

Haley, in an address to the UN Security Council on February 20, during which she responded to an earlier speech from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said "We welcome you as the leader of the Palestinian people here today. In the future, we will intensify our efforts to achieve membership in the United Nations", he said. "You don't even have to accept it, but know this - that decision will not change".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement that Abbas "continues to run away from peace and continues to pay terrorists and their families $347 million". "Mr. Abbas, you have made it clear that you are no longer part of the solution, but part of the problem".

Other reports by GizPress

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