New York (UNA-OIC) � Describing a viable two-state solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as very much in doubt, Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Hanan Ashrawi called on Wednesday for new international engagement to move the process forward.
Ashrawi made the remarks in an interview with UN News in the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, where she was taking part in a forum organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).
She described the deaths and injuries of Palestinians at the Gaza border on Monday as a massacre, adding that Palestinians everywhere were one people, who share the same pain, the same sorrows, the same aspirations, the same hopes.
Following the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this week � an act which the PLO official described as becoming complicit in the occupation � she said Palestinians want a new multilateral mechanism; we want a new international engagement.
She said that peace negotiations with Israel since the early 1990s, brokered by the United States, had not worked: The US certainly has joined Israel as a partner in crime. It has joined Israel in violating international law and the resolutions of the Security Council on Jerusalem and so on. So, what we need to do is to bypass these obstaclesand to find a sort of global forum for the solution, she said.
Asked if a two-state solution with both countries living side-by-side in peace, was still possible, Ashrawi said: This is very much in doubt, it's very questionable. Unless there is the will to engage, to intervene effectively � not just to end settlement activities but to begin to dismantle settlements � Israel will have succeeded in super-imposing Greater Israel on all of historical Palestine.
Asked for her view on calls from senior UN officials for Hamas in Gaza to stop inciting any violence at the border, she said the militant group was being used as a convenient scapegoat to deflect blame and accountability away from Israel.
It is not Hamas who is responsible for the killing fields that Israel has carried out in Gaza. The people who are on this march to return; these unarmed civilian protests against the moving of the American embassythese are expressions of will by the Palestinian people, who are protesting, demonstrating on their own lands", she said, adding that they are sending a message not just to Israel but to the rest of the world that we are a people who are alive and we want to live, and we want our freedom and we want our rights. This is not a sort of incitement or instigation by Hamas.
Source: International Islamic News Agency