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Abbas accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing

2012-09-27 21:28

New York - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing Thursday for building settlements in east Jerusalem.

"It is a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people via the demolition of their homes," Abbas said in his speech to the UN General Assembly.

His remarks came shortly before Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to speak.

Israel conquered the eastern part of Jerusalem from Jordan during the 1967 Mideast War. It later annexed it but the move has not been internationally recognized. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem to the capital of their future state in the West Bank.

Abbas also said he has opened talks on a new bid for international recognition at the UN, but didn't specify exactly when he will ask the General Assembly to vote.

"Intensive consultations with the various regional organizations and the state members" were underway, he said.

The Palestinians will apply to the General Assembly for non-member state status.

That stands in sharp contrast to last year, when they asked the Security Council to admit them as a full member state, but the bid failed.

Abbas insisted that the new quest for recognition was "not seeking to delegitimise Israel, but rather establish a state that should be established: Palestine".

Observer status

Palestinian officials said their bid is likely to be submitted on 29 November.

Abbas said in a speech to the assembly that efforts to win Palestine status as an observer state - a lower level than last year's failed bid for recognition as a full state - were not intended to pose any threat to Israel.

"We are not seeking to delegitimise Israel, but rather establish a state that should be established: Palestine," Abbas said.

However, Abbas said he was "speaking on behalf of an angry people," who believed they were not winning their rights despite adopting a "culture of peace and international resolutions,

"Israel gets rewarded while continues the policies of war, occupation and settlements," he said.

Abbas also accused Israel of seeking to "continue its occupation of East Jerusalem, and annex vast parts of West Bank ... and refuses to discuss seriously the Palestinian refugees issue."

He claimed that Israeli actions threatened to undermine the Palestinian Authority to the point "which could lead to its collapse."

Palestinian officials said that their bid for recognition will likely be submitted to the General Assembly on 29 November, after the US presidential election. Abbas has sought to avoid entangling the Palestinian statehood bid in US presidential politics.

Appealing to other nations for their support, Abbas asked world leaders to help avoid a new "catastrophe" in Palestine. "Support the establishment of the free state of Palestine now, and let peace win before it's too late," he said.

"We have started intensive consultations with the various regional organizations and the state members in order for the General Assembly to take a decision granting the state of Palestine the status of non-member state during this UN session," he said.

At last year's General Assembly, Abbas took centre stage with his attempt to win full membership to the world body. However, that application failed to win enough support in the UN Security Council.

Palestinians did win membership last year of Unesco, the Paris-based UN cultural agency - despite the objections of Israel and the US.

Comments
  • reuven.wachtfogel - 2012-09-27 22:14

    The plight of many Palestinians is not pretty. But it is not by any definition "ethnic cleansing". Nor is it "genocide" nor a "holocaust" or a "massacre" or any of the other words that Arabs leaders like to spout. It is simply the natural result of living in a de-facto state-of-war. The Palestinians don't need lies or the support of the aligned anti-Israel bloc in the UN. They need peace and they need to take bold steps to get that peace. Demanding Israel's capital as it's own, or the so called right of return, or playing games with their recognition of Israel's right to exist, or refusing to take responsibilty for their homicidal extremists - are all just ways to avoid peace.

      zaks2217 - 2012-09-28 07:12

      It is the natural result of something unnatural. zionists and those who support them are unnatural. No sane human being, especially from SA(apartheid) could support them. If you do then you are insane, racist and have disgraced those who fought for our freedom. \South Africa will never be free until Palestine is free\ - Nelson Mandela.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:26

      Zaks, unfortunately it is you who is being "insane" to use your description. You're also being a racist and are falling for the obvious manipulations of the Palestinian leaders incited by the few reamining unelected dictatotrs in the region.

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-09-27 22:39

    Our government strives to build new homes for impoverished people on unused land while other govts demolish homes. Mzansi forever

  • jaba.kov - 2012-09-28 05:32

    With more than 20% of Israel being "Palestinian" Arab, he accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing? How many Jews are allowed to live under the PA? Zero! so who has been doing ethnic cleansing? In 1948 Jordan ethnically cleansed the areas they occupied west of the Jordan River and renamed the area the West bank. Abbas wants to extend that ethnic cleansing into his future state, while Israel will still have 1/3 of the population being Arab. Seems that Mr. Abbas has no idea what ethnic cleansing means. The Palestine Liberation Organization's ambassador (Maen Areikat) to the United States said that any future Palestinian state it seeks with help from the United Nations and the United States should be free of Jews. Israel has 1.3 million Muslims who are Israeli citizens. Jews have lived in "Judea and Samaria," the biblical name for the West Bank, for thousands of years. Areikat said the PLO seeks a secular state, but that Palestinians need separation to work on their own national identity. What Maen Areikat means by separation is Apartheid nad/or ethnic cleansing in case you cant read between the lines.

  • scholesss - 2012-09-28 05:59

    why do the palestinians.....want jerusalem as their capital...can it possible to share a capital city with other country...peace fully....i doubt\r\n\r\nis there no other city in palestine that that can be made their capital

      cameronrh1 - 2012-09-28 11:25

      Ramahla is their capital.

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-28 07:05

    It is not internationally recognised which means it is illegal. If you support something illegal then you are a criminal. Simple. It belongs to the palestinians. End of story.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:28

      Showing your ignorance Zaks. I recommend you read up more and drop the speudo-victimhood that you're draping all over the Palestinian and Israeli people. It will never lead to a positive solution. It hasn't yet and its been sixty years.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-28 07:44

    Abbas stands up and says this with a straight face? Only the gullible and foolish would believe him. He is doing nothing for the Palestinian people in lying through his teeth like this. It's so obvious. When the money and arms dry up from Syria and Iran, he will have to change his tune, for the better.

      Brownbear - 2012-09-28 09:19

      oh no , not Fred again . Always standing for the racist ,apartheid , land thieving Isreal. Your arguments are soooo weak and lame. Please try some new line

      boom.baracus - 2012-11-14 17:36

      Tell me Brownbear, on what basis do you accuse Israel of being racist? Give me some facts to support this libel?

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 07:48

    Zionism and peace are incompatible. It is the Zionist credo that Eretz Israel should be established from the Nile unto the great river, the Euphrates. A simple requirement in the context of negotiating a state for the Palestinians is, at the very least, a halt to the annexation of that very state. “Israel takes more land [so] that the Palestinian state will be impossible . . . the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we’ll say that is impossible, we already have the land and we cannot create the state”. She conceded that it had been “the policy of the government for a really long time”. Tzipi Livni

      boom.baracus - 2012-11-14 17:37

      Fidel why do you lie?

  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-09-28 07:51

    Life in palestine,is like a jail sentence.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-09-28 11:28

      And the so called "Palestinians" have created the environment they live in. If they stopped trying to kill innocent people on a daily basis then there would be no need at all to seperate the two entities in the first place.

      boom.baracus - 2012-11-14 17:38

      Nthethe do yourself a favour and go on Wikipedia and take a look at the photos of Gaza and tell me it is a jail. I would love to be in a jail with that kind of wealth and development.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-09-28 08:39

    @fred frazer,you have lost all credibility,when u attack individuals instead of there comments!!!i know the truth hurts but please behave yourself!!dont make yourself out as a jackass when you are not!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 08:42

      Fred is a paid shill/sock puppetry or both, and there's no point engaging a troll. He posts the same boneheaded comments on thread after thread.

      boom.baracus - 2012-11-14 17:39

      Gcodi and Fidel - so it is ok for you to attack Fred but not ok for him to attack you? You disgusting, stupid hypocrites.

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