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US drops 'occupation status' from report on Palestinian territories

March 14, 2019 10:33 A.M. (Updated: March 17, 2019 10:35 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the United States dropping the term “occupation” from the occupied Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan Heights will not change the fact they are an occupied territory as deemed by the United Nations and international law, on Wednesday.

Abu Rudeineh said in a statement that the US decision to drop the status of occupation from the Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan Heights is "a continuation of the hostile approach of the American administration toward our Palestinian people and is contrary to all UN resolutions."

He stressed, "These American titles will not change the fact that the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 and the occupied Arab Golan are territories under Israeli occupation in accordance with UN resolutions and international law."

Abu Ruideineh said that this last decision "falls within the American scheme to pass the so-called 'Deal of the Century' to liquidate the Palestinian cause. But regardless of the attempts and conspiracies, our Palestinian people led by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and by President Mahmoud Abbas will remain steadfast and adhering to the national constants. Our national project will prevail until we reach our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital."

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the US dropped from its annual report on the human rights situation any reference to the Palestinian territories or the Syrian Golan Heights as “occupied territories” as it used to be mentioned in former reports.

It is noteworthy that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been boycotting the US administration since December 2017 when US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and then moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.

Following recent tensions and the US Trump administration's undeniable support for Israel has prompted the Palestinians to cut communication with the US and declared it unfit to be a mediator during the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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