In a statement, the office of the minister of foreign affairs, Haytham Abu Sa’id, stated that the 25 May arrest of Dr. Aziz Dweik, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), and his subsequent 12 month confinement by the Ofer court, violated the most basic international laws. This takes into account that Palestine is now a member of the United Nations, and must therefore be afforded full political and sovereign rights accordingly.
The condition of Dr. Dweik’s health has allegedly deteriorated and the Israeli occupation authority bears full responsibility of any subsequent complications.
Abu Sa’id pointed out that Israel then proceeded to carry out the arrest of 11 Palestinian MPs in similar circumstances: MP Khalid Jarrar, Mohammed Natsheh, Maher Bader, Azzam Salhab, Riad Raddad, Nayef Rajoub, Khalil Al-Rab’i, Hassan Youssef, Ahmad Sa’adat, Marwan Barghouthi and Husni Bourini.
The statement added that Israel was flagrantly disregarding international law, not even giving it, or the humanitarian and ethical issues arising from its violation, the minimal consideration. This disregard was proven during Israel’s last attack on Gaza, in which the IOF used banned chemical weapons in an exploitation of the deteriorating Palestinian situation.
Also mentioned was the logistic and strategic intervention in the Syrian and Iraqi situations, which was yet anther indication of Israeli disregard of state sovereignty. It therefore became necessary to take punitive measures to halt this illegal interference, as well as the spread of sedition between Arab fractions.
In conclusion, the statement called on the international community to take action against this historic catastrophe perpetrated by Israel and its Western allies.
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