Arab diplomats appreciate support on Jerusalem


THE committee of Arab countries’ diplomats in the country have applauded Tanzania’s voting for the resolution on Jerusalem last December 21 at the tenth special Emergency UN meeting on Israel’s unlawful occupation of East Jerusalem.

The UN Emergency Security Meeting sat under an agenda titled: “Israeli unlawful acts committed in East Jerusalem and other Palestinian areas forcefully occupied by the Zionist state.” Just recently, Trump announced that his country recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The resolution was passed by a vote of 128 countries with 9 abstaining. But Trump got it all wrong by making the declaration.

“The declaration would not give Israel any right whatsoever on Jerusalem,” said Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in his condemnation of the declaration, which has prompted uproar the world over.

Arab diplomats do appreciate highly that stance of Tanzania in support of the Palestine people, saying it is in line with Tanzania’s founder President Mwalimu Nyerere’s support for the Palestinian people. Mwalimu Nyerere has always seen Palestinians as a people living under occupation by Israel military regime. In one of his speeches at the UN Mwalimu said: “The establishment of the state of Israel was an act of aggression against the Arab people.

It was connived by the international community because of the history of persecution against the Jews.” Mwalimu added: “This persecution reached its climax in the murder by Nazi Germany of six million Jewish men, women, and children … The survivors of this persecution sought security in a Jewish national state in Arab Palestine.

The international community accepted this. The Arab states did not and could not accept that act of aggression. We believe that there cannot be lasting peace in the Middle East until the Arab states have accepted the fact of Israel. But the Arab states cannot be beaten into such acceptance. On the contrary, attempts to coerce the Arab states into recognising Israel –whether it be by refusal to relinquish occupied territory, or by an insistence on direct negotiations between the two sides –would only make such acceptance impossible.

” Today though, Arab states are being beaten into accepting the facts of Jerusalem in favour of Israel. That won’t bring peace in the Middle East. Donald Trump has threatened to cut off US aid to the Palestinian Authority, saying they were no longer willing to negotiate. In a pair of tweets, he said the US paid “the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue … peace treaty with Israel.”

He added: “We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” Trump’s remarks have drawn outrage from Palestinians and their supporters, but more from Palestinians themselves. Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has particularly been offended by the comments President Trump made in his unilateral decision about East Jerusalem.

The PLO Executive Committee Chair Hanan Shrawi reacted with a comment of: “Palestinian rights are not for sale. By recognising Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Donald Trump has not only violated international law, but he has also singlehandedly destroyed the very foundations of peace and condoned Israel’s illegal annexation of the city.

We will not be blackmailed. President Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!” If Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks he is safe because his big brother–the US-has just annexed Jerusalem for him, he is wrong. The Islamic countries which recently met in Istanbul, Turkey have said there never will be peace in the Middle East if Jerusalem becomes the capital of Israel as the US President Donald Trump declared a couple of days ago.

At the Istanbul meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Trump’s declaration as a big international crime and a gross violation of international law and signed agreements.

He compared the declaration to that of Balfour. Lord Arthur James Balfour on 2 November 1917 a British Prime Minister, had signed in his office a letter promising to give the Zionist community residence in the land of Palestinians.

In I948 the Zionist army evacuated over one million Palestinian men and women from their land by force and the Israeli settled there by force. Palestinians have always resisted that occupation in every way.

“We have used stones, knives and recently, guns,” said a member of Hamas, Mahamoud Bahar as he spoke to Steven Sakar of BBC’s programme of Tough Talk.

Bahar said the Israeli Palestinians are fighting not Jews in the land given to them before 1967, but those who migrated to the Middle East Russia, other European countries and elsewhere. “We are fighting settlers on our land and we shall fight them with everything we have,” Bahar said.

By recognising Jerusalem as the unconditional, undivided capital of Israel, Palestinians have more reasons to fight both a heated territorial and religious war than everbefore.

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