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PA renews its rejection of US 'deal of the century'

The Palestinian Authority (PA)’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki in Cairo, Egypt 9 December 2017 [Amr Sayed/Apaimages]
The Palestinian Authority (PA)’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki in Cairo, Egypt 9 December 2017 [Amr Sayed/Apaimages]

Palestinian Authority (PA) yesterday renewed its rejection of the US "deal of the century"; pointed out that the American-backed Israeli violations against Palestinians have been increasing since the announcement of the deal, Qatar's Al-Sharq newspaper reported.

During the 43rd meeting of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva, the PA's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyadh Al-Malki, said: "Israeli crimes are continuous as there are new martyrs and wounded including children and women every day."

Al-Malki said that "these crimes do not end without the end of the Israeli occupation and holding it accountable for its crimes."

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The PA is going ahead in activating every mechanism for the protection of the Palestinians and holding the Israeli occupation accountable for its crimes despite witnessing the international community's negligence.

The PA minister stressed that his country is to defend its people everywhere and would take political, legal and diplomatic actions against the Israeli occupation in order to realise the inalienable and legitimate rights of the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, he said that the PA is to continue its efforts to use every international tool, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the current US administration over its violation of the international law and the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

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He also condemned the politicisation of the ICC by some countries through filing notes to the Court of First Instance that immunise the Israeli criminals and give them guarantees to evade being punished.

The minister also rejected the attempts by some countries to strip the Palestinians of their humanity in order to exclude them from enjoying their right to have fair and just prosecution for those who violate their rights and commit crimes against them.

He stressed that the holy city of Jerusalem is the only capital of the State of Palestine, reiterating that there can be no solution to the Palestinian cause without solving the issue of refugees and recognising their right of return.

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