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Palestinian cabinet not consulted on US-led Bahrain summit, PM says

Press TV – May 20, 2019

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh says his government has not been consulted about an economic conference that the United States will hold in Bahrain next month.

The White House announced on Sunday that the first part of President Donald Trump’s so-called “peace plan,” which is spearheaded by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, will be unveiled in Bahrain’s capital, Manama.

The US will host the economic conference on June 25 and 26 to purportedly encourage investment in the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

“The cabinet wasn’t consulted about the reported workshop, neither over the content, nor the outcome, nor timing,” Shtayyed told Palestinian ministers in the presence of reporters on Monday.

Relations between the Palestinian Authority and the US took an unprecedented dip in late 2017, when Washington recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”

The Trump administration has said that its secret plan, which has been dismissed by Palestinian authorities even before being unveiled, would require compromise by both sides.

‘We don’t trade our political rights’

The Palestinian Authority is facing steep aid cuts. Since being shunned by Palestinians, Trump’s administration has slashed hundreds of millions of dollars to humanitarian organizations.

“The financial crisis the Palestinian Authority is living through today is a result of the financial war that is being launched against us in order to win political concessions,” Shtayyeh said.

“We do not submit to blackmail and we don’t trade our political rights for money,” he added.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. However, Israel insist on maintaining the occupation of Palestinian territories.

‘High treason’

Also reacting to news of the upcoming conference, Bahrain’s main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has described the US “deal of the century” as a plan to sell Jerusalem al-Quds and Palestine, slamming it as “high treason,” the Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

The group criticized the ruling Al Khalifah regime for hosting the conference, saying that is a departure from all national, Islamic and humanitarian principles.

Al-Wefaq further said the Bahraini people are opposed to the “desecration” of their country and efforts for converting it into a “station” to sign a new version of the Balfour Declaration – the document that led to Israel’s creation.

The group noted that the Al Khalifah regime’s move to host the “disastrous project” is no surprise, adding Manama’s recent rapprochement with the Israeli regime comes as it “lacks popular legitimacy” and seeks international support in an attempt to sustain its legitimacy.

Al-Wefaq called on all Bahrains and “free governments” to reject the initiative and stop the “dangerous development” from proceeding.

May 20, 2019 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. In line with the “wordfare” component (along with warfare and lawfare) of the cancerous Zionist colonial enterprise, we are being misled and diverted and manipulated by the punk Zionist Kushner and his Klan to ignore the fundamental point of the torment being visited on the Palestinians, now at seven decades-plus if one revisits the 1948 Naqba signpost or five decades-plus since the 1967 illegal occupation of the 22 percent of 1949-armistice “Palestine.” That fundamental point is stated here as briefly as I can manage in language that comports precisely with the legal terminology of international law:

    An occupying power must recognize that its wartime action is temporary and must be ended with urgent resolve, i.e., not used to maneuver time and events to solidify and eventually transform “occupation” into “ownership.” The occupying power must accede to the international-law tenet “The acquisition of another people’s land by force is illegal and inadmissible.” Pending the end of the illegal occupation, the reasonable/basic humanitarian, societal, political et al needs of the occupied population must be honored and assured via the efforts of and at the expense of the occupier.

    There. Isn’t that pretty goddam simple…and factual…and not to be circumvented by Satanyahu-Kushner’s Zionist designs to “encourage investment in the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip”? Where are the Arab World and non-Zionist international leaders…Iran, for example…who are duty bound by law and moral convention to expose and denounce this latest vile scheme by (mostly) Zionist Jews to exploit any opportunity to suck the wealth out of the “other” to their own advantage? Where (hah!) is the Vatican? Where (hah!) is the UN SC and/or GA? Where (hah!) is the Fourth Estate?

    Charade upon charade. Pity the Palestinians.

    (Kudos to al-Wefaq National Islamic Society!)

    Comment by roberthstiver | May 21, 2019 | Reply


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