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HH the Amir Affirms Qatar’s Support for Brotherly Palestinian People Amid Their Plight -1-

In the Humanitarian field, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani pointed out that the State of Qatar has been scrambling over the past weeks to provide emergency humanitarian assistance by pursuing its unwavering approach to providing humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip, in coordination with the United Nations.

In His Highness’s message to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People held by the UN office in Vienna, HH the Amir stressed that the ongoing incidents cannot be separated from the reality of the persistent occupation and settlement that has been continuing for long decades, along with the siege of Gaza that has been continuing for 17 years, as well as the policy of Judaizing Jerusalem and attempts to undermine the existing historical and legal status of the holy places, the recurrent assaults on the Islamic and Christian holy places, freedom of worship, the violence unleashed by settlers against the defenseless Palestinians, demolition of property, arbitrary arrests, restricting the freedom of movement and other illegitimate practices carried out by the existing occupation authority which is now taking the form of apartheid.

His Highness noted that prior to the current escalation, the number of Palestinian civilians victimized by the Israeli violence this year has exceeded any previous year, as the measures of the occupation authority and Israeli settlers have taken a dangerous escalation and provocative aspect, especially the recurrent assaults on the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque which are condemned once again as a gross violation of international law and a provocation to the feelings of Muslims around the world.

The State of Qatar has persistently supported the Arab initiative to settle the Palestinian cause and warned of the consequences of rejecting any just peaceful solution by the successive Israeli governments, in accordance with the international legitimacy principles, and warned of the dangers of the international communitys failure to uphold the responsibility of confronting the illegitimate occupation, which has become a form of an apartheid regime, His Highness pointed out, emphasizing that the collective punishment Israel pursues against all population of Gaza Strip can never be the way for achieving peace.

His Highness pointed out that just, comprehensive and enduring peace can only be achieved through applying the international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative based on the two-state solution principle, with the establishment of the independent Palestinian State on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, ensure the Palestinian people regain their all-inalienable rights.

HH the Amir praised the efforts made by the United Nations, its agencies and partners in providing help for the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip, adding that he specifically appreciates the good sacrifices offered by those operating in the humanitarian and health fields, including the UN staff, particularly the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), especially those who have sacrificed with the best means they have to perform their duty, expressing his thanks to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), and the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights (UNDPR) for the efforts made to assist the Palestinian people and help them regain their legitimate rights.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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