De­spite the re­luc­tance of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take ac­tion against Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion, Turkey and Qatar con­tinue to urge U.N. mem­bers to unite in sup­port of the Pales­tinian cause

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THE IL­LE­GAL Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, in­clud­ing the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza, was one of the core is­sues ad­dressed at this year’s United Na­tions’ meet­ing as the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is still re­luc­tant to take ac­tion against Is­rael for its per­ma­nent oc­cu­pa­tion and se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of in­ter­na­tional law. As one of the main coun­tries that have main­tained a clear po­si­tion on the Pales­tinian cause, Turkey has long called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to unite against Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion.

TURK­ISH Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan blasted Is­rael’s “op­pres­sion, vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion” poli­cies to­ward Pales­tine dur­ing his Tues­day ad­dress at the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly (UNGA).

“The dirty hand that reaches the pri­vacy of Jerusalem, where the sa­cred places of the three great re­li­gions co­ex­ist, is con­stantly in­creas­ing its au­dac­ity,” Er­doğan said on Tues­day. “The Pales­tinian peo­ple have stood up against Is­rael’s poli­cies of op­pres­sion, vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion for more than half a cen­tury.”

“Upon re­jec­tion of the doc­u­ment of sur­ren­der, which was to be im­posed on Pales­tine un­der the name of the ‘deal of the cen­tury,’ Is­rael this time ac­cel­er­ated its at­tempts to ‘ have the in­side track’ with the help of its col­lab­o­ra­tors,” he added, re­fer­ring to a U.S. backchan­nel plan to reach a peace set­tle­ment be­tween Pales­tini­ans and Is­rael that aims to es­tab­lish a Pales­tinian state in Gaza only. Is­rael’s U.N. en­voy Gi­lad Er­dan who has at­tended the in-per­son meet­ings of the UNGA walked out of the hall dur­ing Er­doğan’s ad­dress.

De­spite the in­ter­na­tional con­sen­sus that the Pales­tinian cause is jus­ti­fied, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is help­less in the face of Is­raeli in­tran­si­gence and per­sis­tence in oc­cu­py­ing Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani, said Tues­day.

Be­sides im­pos­ing a sti­fling siege on the Gaza Strip, Is­rael con­tin­ues a pol­icy of ex­pand­ing set­tle­ments in fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law, Qatar’s emir said at the U.N. via video link. “The lin­ger­ing of the Pales­tinian cause with­out a just so­lu­tion and Is­rael’s con­tin­ued set­tle­ments and cre­ation of pre­texts on the ground with­out be­ing de­terred pose the big­gest ques­tion mark on the cred­i­bil­ity of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and its in­sti­tu­tions,” al-Thani stressed.

Is­rael oc­cu­pied east Jerusalem dur­ing the 1967 Six-Day War. In 1980, in a move never rec­og­nized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Is­rael an­nexed the en­tire city, claim­ing it as the self-pro­claimed Jewish state’s “eter­nal and un­di­vided” cap­i­tal. Last year, the U.N. called the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion in Pales­tine “the long­est oc­cu­pa­tion” in the world. “Is­rael has oc­cu­pied the Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory for more than 52 years, the long­est bel­liger­ent oc­cu­pa­tion in the mod­ern world,” Michael Lynk, U.N. spe­cial rap­por­teur on hu­man rights in the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, told the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

The U.N. con­sid­ers both the West Bank and east Jerusalem oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries and con­sid­ers Is­raeli set­tle­ment­build­ing ac­tiv­ity in these ar­eas il­le­gal. Pales­tini­ans have been vy­ing to cre­ate a full-fledged fu­ture state com­pris­ing ar­eas of the West Bank of the Jor­dan River and Gaza on the Mediter­ranean coast. Since 2007, the be­sieged Gaza has been un­der a crip­pling Is­raeli and Egyp­tian block­ade that has gut­ted its econ­omy and de­prived its in­hab­i­tants of many vi­tal com­modi­ties, in­clud­ing food, fuel and medicine. In the long-em­bar­goed en­clave, the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion has grown worse by the day as 90% of its land and sea bound­aries, and its ac­cess to the out­side world is con­trolled by Is­rael and by Egypt on its nar­row south­ern bor­der.

Is­raeli forces are seen at a Pales­tinian demon­stra­tion against il­le­gal set­tle­ments and an­nex­a­tion by Is­rael, oc­cu­pied West Bank, July 18, 2020. (AFP Photo)


A woman holds a Pales­tinian flag dur­ing a protest call­ing for lift­ing the Is­raeli block­ade, Gaza, Oct. 19, 2018.

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