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On Land Day: PNC calls upon Arab Summit to address Trump policies

March 30, 2019 9:04 A.M. (Updated: March 31, 2019 10:11 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian National Council (PNC), the parliament in exile and top Palestinian decision-making body, affirmed that the Palestinian people will firmly defend and continue their "legendary" steadfastness on the land of their fathers and grandfathers, and will determine their destiny and return to their homeland to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

PNC recalled, in a statement issued in commemoration of the 43rd anniversary of Land Day, the sacrifice of the Palestinian people in lands occupied in 1948, "when the pure Palestinian blood was shed and six young Palestinians were killed in the areas of Galilee, Almuthallath, and the Negev on March 1976, in response to the decision of the Israeli occupation to confiscate 21 thousand acres in those areas."

The statement confirmed that "the policy of ethnic cleansing against our people, pursued by Israel since 1948 has not succeeded in uprooting and displacing the Palestinians from their land, stressing that even Palestinian population in historic Palestine has increased to reach about 6.5 million, of which about 1.7 million are in the Occupied Territories since 1948."

PNC stressed that all acts of occupation, including the expropriation of land and the building of settlements, with the protection and partnership of the United States (US) Administration, is an attack against international law and the resolutions of international legitimacy. The latest of which of Security Council resolution 2334.

"Establishing settlements in the Palestinian occupied territories is a war crime and violates resolutions of international legitimacy, the Hague Convention of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949."

PNC reiterated that the US administration's decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem is "null and void; as it takes place on occupied Palestinian lands, stressing that the Israeli legislation to establish settlements on the occupied Palestinian territories is completely illegitimate."

In its statement, the PNC also called on the upcoming Arab Summit [scheduled to take place on March 31st in Tunisia] to address the Trump policies and decisions, and protect the Palestinian and Arab lands.

PNC called on the United Nations and its institutions to implement its resolutions on the Palestinian issue, exceeding 700 resolutions and obliges Israel to end its occupation of Palestine, stop its organized crimes and enable the Palestinian people to self-determination and to return to their land.

PNC "renewed its demand for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to condemn the Israeli occupation Parliament, the Knesset, which regulates the theft of the occupied Palestinian land, through expelling its legitimate owners and building settlements under its racist laws, first and foremost is the "Settlement" Law, which was approved in February 2017 legalizing the theft of Palestinian land."

"This law is a full-fledged crime."

PNC stressed that "the Palestinian people everywhere are determined to get rid of the occupation and defend their rights. PNC paid tribute to the souls of the Palestinians killed by Israel, citing the case of Sajed Abed al-Hakim Mizher, the volunteer paramedic who was killed in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem."

"It should be noted that the Israeli occupation exploits by force more than 85% of the historical area of Palestine, amounting to about 27 thousand Square kilometers, while the proportion of Palestinian population is currently 48% of the total population in historic Palestine."

PNC pointed out that the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank reached 653,621 settlers by the end of 2017.
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