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Abbas Says Boycott of Trump Administration Will Continue

Abbas Says Boycott of Trump Administration Will Continue

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019 - 13:45

The Palestinian Authority’s boycott of the US administration will continue until the White House changes its policies toward the Palestinians and honors international resolutions pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday.

Abbas, who was speaking during a meeting in New York with members of the Palestinian-American community, accused US President Donald Trump’s administration of being “biased” in favor of Israel. The Palestinians, he added, won’t accept the US policy of imposing “dictates” on the Palestinians.

He said no contacts will be made with the US administration until it goes back on its destructive decisions on the peace process, including its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He slammed other US decisions, such as halting US financial aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

The US policy has encouraged Israel to continue carrying out its hostile practices against the Palestinian land and the Islamic and Christian holy sites, in addition to its continued settlement expansion, the President explained.

He accused the Israeli government of seeking to undermine any chances to achieve a just peace based on international legitimacy and international law by continuing its settlement policy, incursions, arrests, and seizure of lands as well as continuing to seize Palestinian funds.

“We will not accept any deduction from the salaries of our martyrs, our families and wounded.”

He threatened to end all the UN-sponsored agreements signed with Israel if it decides to annex any of the Palestinian lands.

Abbas also stressed that Palestine wants to achieve permanent and just peace in accordance with UN and international resolutions, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders.

The PA President arrived in New York on Sunday to participate in the activities of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly after he ended an official visit to Norway.

He is supposed to deliver a speech in the event to reaffirm the Palestinians' desire for peace and statehood and reiterate his rejection for the US peace plan.

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