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Hamas issues warning on al-Quds occupation anniversary; China urges action

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Relatives mourn the death of Palestinian Nabil Ghanem, killed on June 19 by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, during his funeral in Nablus, on June 23, 2022. (By AFP)

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has called on the international community to take “serious action” in putting an end to crimes perpetrated by the Israeli regime against Palestinians.

In a statement issued on Monday, coinciding with the 55th anniversary of the occupation of East al-Quds, Hamas said Zionists “won’t succeed in obliterating the Palestinian identity of al-Quds”.

“Al-Quds City is an integral part of the historical land of Palestine,” read the statement, adding that the Israeli regime “has neither sovereignty nor legitimacy” over the city or al-Aqsa Mosque, which lies in the occupied East al-Quds.

The movement urged the Arab states that have normalized ties with Israel to reconsider their decision and to “support the Palestinian people’s right to liberation and self-determination”.

In 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced normalization with Israel in agreements brokered by then-US President Donald Trump.

Morocco and Sudan later followed the suit, signing similar US-brokered deals with the Israeli regime, much to the chagrin of Palestinians. 

The deals were condemned by the Palestinian leadership and people as a brazen betrayal of their cause.

In its statement on Monday, Hamas urged the international community to take responsibility for putting an end to Israeli crimes in the occupied territories, the regime’s settler-colonialism policy, and the Judaization of al-Quds and its holy sites.

China slams Israeli violence

In a related development on Monday, China's permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, urged the international community to take urgent and decisive action on the Palestinian issue.

Speaking at a Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East, he said the continued expansion of Israeli settlements "has encroached upon Palestinian land and natural resources, undermines the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination".

"We urge Israel to stop its contempt for Resolution 2334, stop all settlement activities, and stop further undermining the foundation for the two-state solution," Zhang asserted.

The envoy also denounced the escalation of violence by Israeli forces and settlers that has resulted in several Palestinian casualties, mostly children, in recent months. 

Zhang said the issue of Palestine is “a litmus test of the international justice and fairness".

"What is needed for the time being is urgent and decisive actions, so as to prevent the train of Palestinian-Israeli situation from totally falling off the track."

He reiterated his country’s support for peace, justice, human conscience, and fairness.

"We will firmly support the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights, and will continue to make unremitting efforts for achieving comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East," said Zhang. 

Israel occupied the West Bank and East al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.

Palestinians want the resolution of the conflict with Tel Aviv based on the so-called two-state solution along the pre-1967 boundaries.

However, the Israeli officials insist on maintaining the occupation of Palestinian territories.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement construction activities in the occupied lands.


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