Ashrawi: Netanyahu reaction to Doha – Jerusalem summit ‘malicious’

MAAN NEWS AGENCY FEB 28 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Tuesday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to a conference on Jerusalem a “malicious campaign of distortion and other inflammatory statements.”

At the conference in the Qatari capital on Sunday, President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of conducting ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem, prompting Netanyahu to slam the statement as “contemptible remarks.”

“Israel’s prevention of Palestinians, whether Christian or Muslim, from reaching their city, whether to worship, to seek health care or to conduct business is deplorable,” Ashrawi said in a statement.

“What is ‘contemptible’ is precisely this behavior that constitutes an extreme provocation by the occupying power and a tremendous distortion of the cultural, historical, demographic identity of the city of Jerusalem.”

Israel annexed East Jerusalem in a 1967 war, in a move never recognized by the international community.

“If the Israeli government wants to dispute the Palestinian report on the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem, then it should stop its confiscation of Palestinian land, the expropriation of resources, the revocation of IDs, the construction of illegal settlements and the demolition of Palestinian homes,” Ashrawi said.

The Doha conference called for the establishment of a UN commission of inquiry on the Judaization of Jerusalem and warned that the Arab Spring countries would no longer accept the occupation of the holy city by Israel.


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