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Palestinian Cabinet condemns Trump administration

Aug. 28, 2018 4:01 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 11:48 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Cabinet condemned, on Tuesday, the United States Trump administration for "working hard" to pulverize the Palestinian refugees' right of return.

The Cabinet demanded Hamas to immediately commit to the reconciliation plan of Palestinian President Abbas and confirmed its rejection to use foreign aid as a tool for political pressure and "blackmailing."

During its weekly meeting held in Ramallah City in the central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah reiterated calls upon Hamas to immediately commit to the reconciliation plan of President Mahmoud Abbas to restore national unity and end the current internal division, without any conditions or restrictions and to transfer the full control of the Gaza Strip to the National Consensus Government with no exceptions

The Cabinet also condemned the Trump administration "persistent attempts to blackmail" the Palestinian leadership to succumb to the "meaningless so-called 'Deal of the Century'" through drastically cutting more than $200 million in aid funds allocated to benefit the Palestinian citizens directly. The Cabinet stressed that the Palestinian leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to the Trump administration threats and that "Palestinian fundamental rights are not open to bargaining."

It criticized the Trump administration "misguided" decision to oppose the United Nations criteria for determining Palestinian refugees and to strip millions of Palestinians of their refugee status. The Cabinet stressed that such irresponsible action will deteriorate the dire conditions of Palestinian refugees, create chaos in the region, and destroy all hopes for a fair and a just solution to the refugees' issue.

"We insist that the Palestinian refugees' right to return is one of the fundamental Palestinian rights that must be implemented in accordance with the United Nations General Assembly's resolution No. 194 within the internationally recognized two-state solution, " noting that determining the status and number of refugees and related agencies lies only on the shoulders of the United Nations General Assembly upon the mandate given to it.

The Cabinet congratulated Palestinian pilgrims on the holy occasion of Hajj and thanked the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs as well as other related authorities and bodies for their efforts in providing all necessary services to ensure the safety of pilgrims.

In addition, the Cabinet expressed its deep appreciation to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and his majesty, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, for facilitating the Hajj journey of Palestinian pilgrims, especially for the families of prisoners and martyrs.

The Cabinet expressed its sincerest gratitude to the Government of Japan for contributing $5.4 million in support of UNRWA service to Palestinian refugees. In this regard, the Cabinet called upon the international community to take its responsibilities, upon the Charter of the United Nations, to provide financial support to the UNRWA.

It also deplored the Israeli colonial plans to establish new 20,000 settlement units in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem. The Cabinet stressed that such colonial plans are a translation and an outcome of the "Deal of the Century" and a clear result of the international community ignorance to prevent Israel from such actions.

The Cabinet welcomed the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on providing international protection to the Palestinian citizens and holding those responsible for violations of the International Human Law. The cabinet stressed that "it is urgent to provide immediate international protection for our people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem."

The Cabinet rejected the decision of FIFA to suspend the President of the Palestinian Football Association. The Cabinet condemned FIFA for punishing Palestine and disregarding all repressive Israeli practices against sports and Palestinian athletes.
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