Qatari Emir calls for UN action to end Israeli occupation and justice for Palestinians

Last week, a spokeswoman for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry ruled out normalizing relations with Israel.

[Handout via Qatar News Agency]
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani, criticized the international community at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, for its lack of “effective action to confront Israeli intransigence and its continued occupation of Palestinian land.”

Speaking during the online meeting, the Qatari Emir said states and international organizations fail to uphold UN Resolutions against the occurring Israeli occupation of Palestine and its continued expansion of illegal settlements.

“Israel is guilty of the blatant violation of international resolutions and the two-state solution as acknowledged upon by the international body,” said Sheikh Tamim.

“Peace can only be realized when Israel fully commits to the international terms of reference and resolutions that are acknowledged by the Arab countries and upon which the Arab Peace Initiative is established.”

Doha, the capital of Qatar. (Michele Centurelli/Flickr)

Under the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, Arab states announced that Israel would only receive “normalized” ties in return for Palestine based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital, and a fair solution for Palestinian refugees and a halt to the illegal occupation.

The Emir pressed the international community to pursue its legal responsibilities and “compel Israel to lift the siege on Gaza, and to put the peace process back on track through credible negotiations based on resolutions and not on force.”

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Palestinians participate in a rally to support a Qatari-funded construction project called Hamad City in the southern Gaza. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa).

His call for pressing action comes a week after Bahrain and the UAE signed normalization deals with Israel at the White House.

Last week, a spokeswoman for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry ruled out normalizing relations with Israel.

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