Cairo: The Arab League stressed the need of providing international protection for the Palestinian people and applying pressures on the Israeli occupation forces for halt their crimes against the Palestinians.
Marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on Sunday, the League’s Assistant Secretary General Saeed Abu-Ali said the occupying force persist in its systematic campaign of aggression on the Palestinian people, and their sacred shrines and property.
Abu-Ali, head of League’s Palestine and occupied Arab territories affairs sector, made the comments in an address to the opening session of the 108th conference of supervisors of Palestinian affairs in Arab countries.
He noted that the holy city of Jerusalem and other parts of the occupied West Bank witness a serious escalation of the aggressions, including the daily incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque (the Muslim’s third holiest site after the Grand Mosque of Makkah and Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi in Madinah, Saudi Arabia).
He decried “the unprecedentedly accelerated” Jewish settlement expansions in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as Israel’s permission to extremist settlers to terrorize the defenseless Palestinian people.
Abu-Ali called on all peace-loving nations to boycott the products of the Israeli settlements and speak out against the racist malpractices of Israel which run counter to the UN resolutions and international law.
He urged empowering the Palestinian people to exercise their legitimate rights to freedom and statehood.
“Peace and stability are unlikely to prevail in the Middle East without ensuring freedom and independence to the Palestinians through the strong solidarity and backing from the free people of the world, notably the Arab nation,” the League official stressed.
“Today’s meeting coincides with the centenary of the 1922 resolution of the then League of Nations, endorsing the (British) Belfour Declaration and mandating Britain – the colonial power, to establish ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ under the declaration,” he recalled.
Abu-Ali reminded the United Kingdom of its historical responsibility for correcting the track and ending the subsequent suffering of the Palestinian people in keeping with the principles of justice and equality materialized in the UN Charters.
He also called for enabling the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to continue its mandate in helping the Palestinian refugees after the UN Agency ran short of funding in the recent years.
Today’s meeting gathered officials in charge of the Palestinian affairs from refugee hosting countries, namely Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, as well as representatives of the Arab League and other Arab and Muslim organizations.