Palestine’s envoy to India Adnan Mohammad Jaber Abualhayjaa has stated that his authorities has been ‘working for the ceasefire from the primary day’ with regards to the continuing state of affairs with Israel. In accordance with him, over 200 individuals have misplaced lives in West Financial institution and Gaza attributable to actions of Israel.
Talking to our Diplomatic Correspondent, Sidhant Sibal solely, Amb Adnan Abualhayjaa hoped that India will not make reference to Temple Mount, as it’s ‘encouraging Israelis within the method which can result in non secular struggle’. Temple Mount, which is the holiest web site in Judaism is understood to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, the third holiest web site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
He additionally condoled the dying of Indian nationwide Soumya Santhosh. Santhosh, a caregiver, died in Israel’s Ashkelon in a rocket strike and is survived by nine-year-old son and husband. That is his first-ever interview amid the continuing escalating violence between Israel and Palestine. The combating started after violence erupted in Jerusalem and doable eviction of Palestinians within the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhood.
Sidhant Sibal: What’s the present state of affairs with regards to the continuing battle? Will you name it a full-scale struggle?
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: The present state of affairs in Palestine is principally for two causes. First is the occupation, so long as the occupation continues. Who’s ignoring the Oslo Settlement, who’s ignoring all of the agreements with Palestinian authorities, who’s killing, jailing day-after-day within the West Financial institution, proscribing the motion of Palestinian individuals by way of the 600 army checkpoints, is controlling 60% of the west financial institution, proscribing the individuals’s motion, controlling tax cash of Palestinians, refusing elections in Jerusalem. Secondly, there was the fourth election in Israel and Netanyahu has did not type a authorities. Netanyahu is aware of make issues, so he began telling the right-wing of the Israelis to go to Al Aqsa to limit the worshippers from praying. Earlier than it grew to become a army challenge, it was the difficulty of Al Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah space the place they wish to displace 28 households residing of their homes for 70 years. He desires to place obstacles in forming the federal government, so he has began with these issues as a result of if different events are capable of type the federal government, Netanyahu due to corruption may go to jail. Absolutely, it is a struggle, and a really dangerous struggle as a result of the victims of this struggle are civilians primarily. We’re on the eighth day of the struggle and now we have misplaced 218 individuals within the West Financial institution and Gaza, greater than 5,600 individuals have been injured. Within the West Financial institution, there are no weapons with Palestinian individuals, no rockets, nothing. 250 of the wounded acquired injured attributable to the metallic bombs. Israelis are committing struggle crimes on each side, in Gaza and within the West Financial institution. Hope, it’ll finish quickly.
Sidhant Sibal: How do you suppose the worldwide group can assist Palestine?
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: Israel is an actual copy of South Africa through the apartheid time. We dwell in an apartheid regime in Palestine. There are two sorts of legal guidelines in Israel. There’s a regulation for the Jewish individuals and there’s a regulation for a Palestinians, who’ve Israeli nationality and there’s one other regulation, the army regulation for Palestinian individuals residing within the occupied space, West Financial institution, together with Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. The worldwide group might assist rather a lot, initially, they need to boycott Israel, precisely as South Africa had been boycotted. Secondly, Individuals ought to cease pressurising different international locations to not take motion in opposition to Israel. Lots of the European international locations need to take motion however don’t act attributable to American stress. Hope, there will likely be actual stress from the worldwide group to comply with the United Nations decision. Israel is the one nation, on the planet which is over the worldwide group. Not simply UN resolutions, they refuse every thing. Tons of of resolutions, from the safety council to the overall meeting of the UN. It’s the solely nation that may refuse every thing.
Sidhant Sibal: Will Palestinian authorities name for a ceasefire?
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: We had been at first and had talks with some Arab international locations like Egypt. As a result of Egypt usually coordinates in these issues. With Qatar… we spoke with France, Britain. Our international minister was in Europe, he was working onerous with the European Union for the ceasefire. From the primary day, we began to work on the ceasefire. We known as on the safety council, to have a decision for the ceasefire. However three instances, Individuals refused, together with on Sunday.
Sidhant Sibal: Then there’s the difficulty of Hamas’s rocket assaults, one thing that has been condemned globally…
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: To start with, let me current my condolences for that woman, who handed away in Israel. We really feel sorry that now we have misplaced one Indian on this battle. So, my condolences to the Indian individuals and her household. Secondly, the rockets of Hamas are a response, not an motion. The principle factor is the occupation. I’m okay with destroying all weapons and Israel and Palestine not utilizing weapons. Once we signed the Oslo settlement, we signed it to dwell facet by facet in peace, safety, coordinate in every thing collectively as neighbours. Since that point, 1993, thus far, Israel is refusing every thing, destroying every thing. I believe we’ll go to the query of two state options and they’re destroying two state options. Rockets is a response, and hope, we can’t see any aggression on the Palestinian individuals in Gaza and West Financial institution.
Sidhant Sibal: Can President Mahmoud Abbas prevail over Hamas, and is Hamas attempting to take advantage of political area.
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: President Mahmoud Abbas is in reference to the leaders of Hamas and was working for the ceasefire from the primary day. Any struggle inflicts damages on each side. That you must management the Israelis and their crimes, in any other case, we’ll see one other struggle. With out the finish of this occupation, tough for neighbours to dwell facet by facet, based on the worldwide resolutions. Agreements have been signed with the Israelis, however there is no such thing as a safety within the space in any respect.
Sidhant Sibal: Is Hamas attempting to make use of the political vacuum in Gaza, West Financial institution vis a vis the election schedule…
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: We’re a democratic state, and have democratic establishments. If Hamas by way of elections, takes benefit and wins the election, now we have no drawback. Let Hamas management the nation. They’re the primary occasion of the Palestinian individuals, they’ve a political division because the organisation. In the event that they win the elections, we’ll welcome that and we’ll give them the authority. now we have no drawback, this can be a democracy.
Sidhant Sibal: How do you see India’s assertion on the UNSC. New Delhi reiterated its ‘robust assist to the simply Palestinian trigger and its unwavering dedication to the two-state answer”.
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: India is a very shut pal of Palestine and I want to thank, Indian authorities for strongly supporting the reason for the Palestinian individuals. Just one factor, there’s something which I’ve seen within the assertion, which is Al Masjid Al Aqsa/Temple Mount, which is a brand new expression. Al-Masjid Al Aqsa because the British was nominated to rule by Palestine. In 1929, a mission had come from the United Nations after some battle between the Palestinian Muslims and Jews at the moment. They checked every thing in Al Aqsa and stated Al Aqsa is a Muslim place and Jewish individuals pray close to the wall. It was like that with none drawback. Secondly, Al Aqsa mosque is registered in UNESCO as a Muslim place. So, hope this is just not used once more as encouraging Israelis in that matter will result in non secular struggle, which isn’t acceptable to anybody. India is supporting Palestine and we thank them very a lot, not solely on the political stage, however additionally they helped in lots of different issues, akin to constructing hospitals, faculties, diplomatic establishments, girls empowerment facilities, so they assist Palestine in some ways.
Sidhant Sibal: What’s present state of affairs of the Covid disaster with regards to the Palestinian territories.
Adnan Mohammad Jaber: Now, somewhat bit higher. Final month, earlier than it was very dangerous, nonetheless somewhat bit higher however we do not have sufficient vaccines to say the reality. It is not dangerous, today a minimum of. It’s significantly better than two months in the past.