The Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Amal Jadou Shak’a called on the European Union countries to take practical steps to confront the Israeli racist policies, the most important of which are annexation, settlement expansion and attacks on the Palestinian people and institutions, including those which are funded by the European Union.
These calls came during a video conference with 27 ambassadors and representatives of the Policy and Security Committee of the EU, in the presence of Palestinian Ambassador to Brussels, Adel Attia, Head of the EU Department Razan Liftawi, and the official in charge of the EU file, Nadine Abu Al-Haija.
Dr. Jadou also called on the ambassadors to recognize the state of Palestine, adopt European sanctions on Israel and to boycott its goods, especially those produced in settlements, in addition to taking measures to provide Protection for the Palestinian people in light of the continued Israeli attacks on people and properties, in flagrant violation of all international conventions.
She added that those who have not recognized Palestine should do so as soon as possible in order to protect the two-state solution, stressing that the current Israeli policies lead us towards an apartheid regime in the occupied Palestinian territories, while calling on the European Union countries to increase cooperation and coordination to strengthen European-Palestinian relations.
The Undersecretary confirmed that the Palestinian people will not address their national constants, stressing that the Palestinian leadership is not the one who hinders the peace process, but rather the Israeli occupation and its practices that violate international law.
Dr. Jadou informed the European ambassadors of the latest political and security developments taking place in Palestine and the region at this time, including the obstacles to the Middle East peace process that Israel is putting in place.
Dr. Jadou pointed out that the Palestinian people will not deviate from their national constants, stressing that the Palestinian leadership is not the one obstructing the peace process, but rather the Israeli occupation and its practices that violate international law.
“We have always sought to obtain peace. We are not the ones obstructing the peace process, and I regret it that 27 years after Oslo, we are still calling for a return to the negotiations table in order to reach a just and comprehensive peace in the region,” Jadou said.
The undersecretary stressed the importance of resuming the negotiation process on the condition that Israel abides by the signed agreements and references of the peace process and international law, and immediately stops demolition and settlement operations, as well as the grave violations and ongoing attacks against the Palestinian people.
Meanwhile, she denounced the wave of the increasing and continuous violations committed by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian people, pointing out that the annexation plan, which the Israeli government claimed to freeze, has not stopped and is still continuing with a clear increase so far, which proves the bad intention of the occupation and the absence of its true desire to stop the annexation or to reach a just peace in the region.
She also stressed the importance of engaging a neutral mediator in the peace process so that it can be successful, noting that the United States, under the current administration, did not and will not be this mediator, and stressed that any political and diplomatic movement must be based on a time frame and a real desire to reach a just solution to the Palestinian issue.
In regard to the Palestinian elections and reconciliation, Dr. Jadou said that these two issues are at the top of the priorities of the Palestinian leaderships, and that there is a real effort being made to reform the Palestinian house, and this success will be crowned by holding legislative and presidential elections as soon as possible.
For their part, the EU ambassadors agreed on the firm stance of their countries, rejecting the Israeli settlements and the demolitions that affected projects funded by the European Union in the Palestinian territories.
They also affirmed the continuation of the political and economic support provided by the EU countries to build and support the institutions of the Palestinian government, and they reaffirmed their commitment to the two-state solution as the only solution to a comprehensive and just peace in the region.