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Dr. Erekat on Netanyahu's Incitement Against President Abbas

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Hereby we declare that Israel, the occupying power, and particularly Mr. Netanyahu are responsible for the current situation in Occupied East Jerusalem and throughout the Occupied State of Palestine.


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fly bird (26)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 6:22 pm
We strongly reject and condemn Mr. Netanyahu's unfounded and inflammatory statement regarding yesterday's incident in Occupied East Jerusalem.

Mr. Netanyahu declared that President Abbas' "partners in government" were behind the act and that the President himself "only a few days ago incited towards a terrorist attack in Jerusalem."

Mr. Netanyahu has no credibility left to lose, three weeks after he declared that the Obama administration was "against American values" and "anti-peace" for condemning his government's approval of nearly 3,000 new settlement housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. But even by his standards, Mr. Netanyahu's statement last tonight represents a dangerous new low.

By recklessly claiming that President Abbas is inciting terrorism, Mr. Netanyahu has turned his back on peace. He called the situation in East Jerusalem "intolerable" without mentioning his government's recent provocations that have inflamed the political situation. He did not mention that over the past three weeks, extremist Israeli settlers funded by state-supported settler groups and escorted by Israeli police have seized 35 homes in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. He did not mention his government's approval of nearly 3,000 settlement units in and around East Jerusalem. He did not mention how Israel used the recent Jewish holidays as a pretense for tightening its grip on the al-Aqsa mosque compound. Israeli forces are denying ever greater numbers of Palestinians of their right to access and worship at al-Aqsa, forcing them to pray in the street, just as they have denied Palestinian Christians of their right of worship during Easter.

Mr. Netanyahu did not mention the surge in attacks by Jewish extremists on Palestinians in the Old City nor the attacks of these police-backed extremists, against Christian and Muslim Holy Sites. He did not mention the killing of 15-year old Muhammad Sinokrot, who was shot in the head by Israeli police while going to pray. And of course, he did not mention the kidnapping and brutal murder of 16-year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir by three Jewish extremists, responding to a campaign of hatred and incitement by Israeli politicians and public figures during Israel's massacre in Gaza.

Mr. Netanyahu and his extremist government coalition continue to refuse the minimum requirements for peace, including acceptance of the two-state solution. Instead of pursuing peace, his government systematically violates international law in order to consolidate its Apartheid regime in Palestine. His stated plans to turn Jerusalem into an exclusive Jewish city violate several UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolutions 476 and 478, which declare the illegal Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem null and void.

We call upon the international community to respond to our call for international protection and uphold its commitments and obligations to save the prospects for peace based on the two-state solution. The international community must hold the Israeli government accountable for its violations of international law.

We regret all loss of life. At the same time we reiterate that the Israeli occupation of Palestine remains the main source of violence and instability in the region. Palestinian citizens continue to be oppressed, imprisoned, injured and killed by the occupation forces, with impunity and the full backing of the Israeli government.

Hereby we declare that Israel, the occupying power, and particularly Mr. Netanyahu are responsible for the current situation in Occupied East Jerusalem and throughout the Occupied State of Palestine.

JeanisAWAY G (136)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 6:35 pm
TY Jess

Rose B (141)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:51 am
Oppressed indeed

Darren W (218)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:52 am
"We regret all loss of life."

But not enough to stop.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:42 am
I'm having mixed emotions lately about Dr Erekat..recenty read (forgot where exactly, do too much reading) somewhere in regard of the charade with "peace talks" that's been going on for decades that also HE alledgedly is part of it, along with the US- am confused..
thx Jess

fahad Al fahad (140)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 2:45 pm
Yes, the Netanyahu government before him are responsible for the violence in Palestine !! Hit the wall of the resolutions of international Palestinians killed and imprisoned !! Settlement expansion !! The confiscation of land and houses !! Non-acceptance and veto any peace agreement and do not forget the invasion of Gaza !! And then accuse others of terrorism !!

S J (130)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 6:33 pm
crazy people indeed! thanks you Jess

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 6:58 pm
@Darren Woolsey--
Why is Dr. Erekat to be held responsible for that which he has no control over?

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:07 pm
This link should refresh your memory while showing which is working for peace and which is engaging in a farce in order to continue their land grabs:

The Man Who Sold the World: Dr. Erekat is Back

Kathleen M (211)
Monday October 27, 2014, 4:20 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing, Jess. Great comments, too.

Justin Vale (13)
Tuesday October 28, 2014, 5:15 pm
1, israel is not an occupying power. the occupiers are the arab squatters.
2, bibi incite? he's a zionist. when they're not plotting they're inciting.
look what happened to bibi's boy defense minister moshe when he arrived in washington, they ignored him like a turd. why? isis is why. they keep isis always a step ahead of us. they resupply isis by tipping isis off to western airdrops. going so far as to even giving up the position of the person communicating with airplanes.
isis will not be beaten. the zionist' will not allow it.
bibi incite? yeah, the zionist incite? yeah.
abbas? if it wasn't for obama opening up pandora's box isis would have already popped up in gaza and the west bank. you guys are witness to history. you're watching an era come to an end. the era of the palestinian fraud is coming to an end.
two state is dead.

Darren W (218)
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 2:14 am
Hi Bruce. Yep, you're right.

Interesting that Dr. Erekat received his Ph.D in peace and conflict studies at Bradford University in England:
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