Tel Aviv bars NAM ministers from Ramallah meeting

NAM expressed it’s intention to support the Palestinian statehood bid. Like it did as well last September 2011. So to obstruct any negotiation even supporting any bid, Israel simply blocks entry to the NAM ministers:

Israeli forces prepare to fire teargas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank. (File photo)

Israeli forces prepare to fire teargas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank. (File photo)

 

The meeting aims to stress the right of our people and leadership to hold conferences on our land and to support our struggle to end the occupation and settlements and establish our independent state with East Jerusalem [East al-Quds] as its capital.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki

Israel has refused to allow the foreign ministers of four Non-Aligned Movement countries(NAM), who don’t have diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, from entering the occupied West Bank for a high-profile meeting.

A Palestinian official, speaking on the condition of anonymity said on Sunday that Israel was refusing to allow entry to the foreign ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Cuba. A senior Israeli official confirmed the news.

“A decision has been taken to bar the diplomatic representatives of several countries which do not recognize Israel from crossing the Israeli borders,” he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The countries in question are Cuba, Algeria, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh,” he said.

The meeting, which was announced by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday, is aimed at introducing NAM members to the Palestinian situation and to ask for their support.

“The meeting aims to stress the right of our people and leadership to hold conferences on our land and to support our struggle to end the occupation and settlements and establish our independent state with East Jerusalem [East al-Quds] as its capital,” said al-Malki.

Israel occupied the West Bank as well as East al-Quds, considered by Palestinians as the capital of their homeland, during the 1967 Six-Day War.

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