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Palestinian rights group: Trump has ‘abandoned’ Palestine

February 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm

Image of US President Donald Trump [REUTERS/Lucas Jackson]

US President Donald Trump has “effectively abandoned the Palestinian right to self-determination” and recognised “Israel as an apartheid state”, the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign said in a statement today.

“By saying Israel must control all land from the River Jordan to the sea and that it must be recognised as a Jewish state, it appears that he is leaving no viable Palestinian option. It is either to live within an Israeli state without equal rights. Alternatively it is to live in enclosed bantustans under permanent military occupation,” the organisations Chair Hugh Lanning said in a statement on Facebook.

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The comments come after Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House and said: “I’m looking at two-state and one-state… I can live with either one.”

Lanning urged international bodies and governments to reject Trump’s vision and “abandonment of the Palestinian people and to reaffirm that any solution must be based on equal rights for everyone”.

“It is our obligation to protect their right to self-determination. Otherwise there can be no fair or just peace.”