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Dr. Ashrawi: Israel is in the business of creating refugees

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel is in the business of creating refugees, not providing them with a safe haven

In response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s rejection of accepting any refugees in Israel, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:

“Israel is in the business of creating refugees and ethnic cleansing; it bears a moral responsibility for the plight of the Palestinian refugees and the grave injustices of the past.

We call on all members of the international community, in particular the United Nations, to support our efforts to bring the Palestinian refugees to Palestine. Israel should not be allowed to prevent us from welcoming the refugees to their rightful homeland.

We also express our gratitude to Germany and Austria for their selfless efforts in alleviating the humanitarian refugee crisis and providing a safe haven for the refugees from Syria. It is our hope that other countries will follow suit in light of this devastating situation.”

These comments were made in a meeting Dr. Ashrawi had with United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov at the PLO Headquarters. Mr. Mladenov was accompanied by Senior Political Advisor Basem Khaldi, Regional Affairs Officer Gregory Raikes, and Political Affairs Officer Kristofer Carlin.

Both parties discussed the latest political developments and the postponement of the Palestinian National Council meeting, and Dr. Ashrawi stressed the importance of national unity and elections and the need to activate and rejuvenate the PLO and all of its institutions.

She also said, “Gaza has to be dealt with in conjunction with the West Bank. They are one territorial unit.”

Dr. Ashrawi provided an assessment of the drastic conditions on the ground and said, “Israel is deliberately destroying the two-state solution. Israel must be held accountable with sanctions and punitive measures. If the international community does not undertake serious initiatives to create a new political horizon, the future for the Palestinian people will be extremely bleak and the region will be plunged into severe violence and chaos.”

The meeting also stressed continued coordination and cooperation and enhanced consultations on issues of mutual interest.

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