Gaza Government Weekly Statement calls for action on Al Aqsa, siege, Rafah closure

PRESS RELEASE

The Palestinian Government in Gaza held its weekly meeting No (334) on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, and concluded with the following statement:

Jewish invasions of Al Aqsa
The Palestinian Government denounces the ongoing invasions of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish settlers, noting 2,500 extremists have entered the mosque since the beginning of 2014. The government calls on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to defend the holy site by maintaining a continual presence there.

Colonial Settlement
The Palestinian Government denounces the continued and accelerated pace of settlement construction, and the Judaization of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the rate of which increased by 123% in 2013. The government considers that continuing negotiations with the occupation will provide a cover for Israeli authority to build more settlement houses, and calls for the Palestinian Authority to withdraw from the ‘peace process.’

Rafah Border
The Palestinian Government finds bizarre the Egyptian authorities’ continued unjustified closure of the Rafah crossing, which has lasted for 46 days since the onset of 2014, and calls on the Egyptian authorities to respect humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law by opening the Rafah crossing and allowing about 10,000 approved travellers stranded in Gaza to pass through.

International Calls to Break the Siege
The Palestinian government hails international calls to break the unjust siege on the Gaza Strip, the latest of which were the statements of Mr Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA and Mr Richard Falk, the UN special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, who both called for ‘assessing the legal status of the prolonged Israeli occupation.’ The Government emphasizes the need to translate all these statements into action that results in the immediate lifting of the unjust siege of the Gaza Strip.

Arab Summit
The Palestinian Government stresses the need for the Arab nations to keep the Palestine cause and Jerusalem as central issues, and for the Arab leaders to assume their historical responsibilities in supporting the Palestinian struggle and steadfastness against occupation. The Government calls on the Arab leaders to enforce the decisions of the previous summits, which call for breaking the brutal eight-year-long Gaza blockade, and to mediate with the Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah border crossing.

PA Political Arrests
The Government decries the increase in politically-motivated arrests carried out by Palestinian Authority Security Services loyal to Fatah in the West Bank, the latest of which was of leader Nazih Abu Aoun, and demands the immediate release of all political prisoners in the West Bank.

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