Israel continues to deliberately intensify its violations of international law and conventions mainly due to the lack of effective international intervention and accountability, which enabled its policies and measures to remain unhinged and unchecked.
The latest example of Israel’s unbridled violations is its detention of thirteen courageous women activists from around the world who traveled to Gaza on the solidarity ship “Zaytouna” to bear witness to and to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza and its people. Israeli actions constitute a deliberate and crude exercise of power and an attempt to isolate the Palestinian people from the rest of the world. It further seeks to render solidarity with the Palestinian people and support for their nonviolence resistance against the military occupation a costly and risky endeavor.
Israel is constantly and willfully slighting the international community and getting away with it. We call on the governments representing these courageous women, including Australia, Canada, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States, to end Israel’s detention of their citizens and its repeated violations of the rights of their nationals, in addition to its persistent aggression against Palestinian lives, lands and resources.”
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi made these comments during separate meetings with Cypriot Representative Savvas Vladimirou and newly appointed Italian Consul General Fabio Sokolowicz at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.
In her meeting with Cypriot Representative Vladimirou, Dr. Ashrawi provided a comprehensive assessment of Israel’s continued breach of international law and international humanitarian law, and in response, Representative Vladimirou expressed concern about the latest escalation of Israeli violations and their impact on the chances of peace and stability.
Both parties also discussed Palestinian-Cypriot cooperation, as well as the trilateral agreement among Palestine, Cyprus and Greece and widening cooperation with the private sectors in Palestine and Cyprus.
In her meeting with Italian Consul General Sokolowicz, Dr. Ashrawi welcomed the Consul General to Palestine and wished him the utmost success in his new position.
Dr. Ashrawi provided a brief analysis of the internal situation in Palestine, as well as the prospects for reconciliation and election.
In the context of Israel’s continued escalation of its illegal settlement enterprise, including its plans to construct a new settlement for the settlers of the illegal Amona outpost, Dr. Ashrawi stressed, “Once again, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has exhibited that he is more committed to land theft, oppression and expansion than to the two-state solution or working towards a just peace in our region. We urge the international community to exercise the political will necessary to put an end to Israel’s war crimes.”
Both parties also discussed political options for the future and the French initiative to organize an international peace conference before the end of the year.