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Ashrawi: US Consulate-Embassy merge an act of political assault on Palestinians

March 3, 2019 3:00 P.M. (Updated: March 4, 2019 11:21 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, said, on Sunday, "The Trump Administration is intent on leaving no room for doubt about its hostility towards the Palestinian people and their inalienable rights as well as its abject disregard for international law and its obligations under the law.”

Ashrawi issued a statement on behalf of the PLO Executive Committee on the eve of the scheduled merging of the United States Consulate in Jerusalem with the embassy, which is now “illegally situated” in Jerusalem, stating that merging the US Consulate in Jerusalem with the US Embassy to Israel is “not an administrative decision.”

“It is an act of political assault on Palestinian rights and identity and a negation of the Consulate's historic status and function, dating back nearly two hundred years.”

Ashrawi stressed, “The US administration is subsuming Palestine under Israel and aligning itself with the racist Israeli right, which negates Palestinian identity, history, narrative, and national rights.”

She continued, “It is positioning itself with rogue states that have no regard for international law or respect for the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, a founding principle of the international order as we know it.”

“As such, this merger is as much an affront to the international community and the principles of the United Nations Charter as it is an offensive political assault on the Palestinian people, motivated by racism and hostility and driven by a policy of omission and negation of historical and political truths.”

Her statement added that the Palestinian leadership condemns this action unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms, “We consider this a willful reinforcement of an irresponsible and hostile US policy that aims to undermine and negate Palestinian national rights and identity by way of political bullying and aggression. These destabilizing actions and policies preclude any possible positive role for the current US administration in seeking peace and stability.”

She emphasized, “The policies of the US administration against Palestine and Palestinian rights constitute a threat to international peace security and undermine the standing of the international order.”

Ashrawi also called on “all responsible states and actors” to rise to the serious challenge posed by these policies. Defending Palestinian rights, as enshrined and affirmed by international law, is part and parcel of defending the moral, legal, and political standing of international politics. “It is a global responsibility."

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