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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holding up a map of United States President Donald Trump’s Middle East at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday. -AFP
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holding up a map of United States President Donald Trump’s Middle East at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday. -AFP

AS a result of the continued expansionist policies, as well as the illegal and inhumane practices of the Zionist regime, the oppressed people of Palestine have been deprived of their inalienable and imprescriptible rights, and their living conditions have deteriorated on a daily basis for more than seven decades.

Such policies and practices, which are in violation of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the rules of international law, particularly international humanitarian law and human rights, have been systematically intensified.

The people of Palestine have resisted and made praiseworthy effort thus far. Nevertheless, due to the lack of any comprehensive and practical initiative or plan corresponding with the historical facts and historical roots of the question of Palestine, it has remained unresolved.

Policies for increasing the Jewish population in the occupied Palestinian territories are still being carried out by settling Jewish people from all over the world inside the Palestinian lands. Some estimate about 90 per cent of Israel’s population are made up of Jewish immigrants and residents of other countries.

Many Palestinians have been forced to flee and live in very unfavourable conditions in neighbouring countries, some in camps in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Israel has set up an apartheid regime, classifying its citizens as Jewish and non-Jewish and giving them different rights

The approval of the state-nation law in the Israeli Parliament in 2018 aims to consolidate the Jewish character of the regime. On this basis, the Palestinians are considered second-class citizens.

The United States-backed regime ignores international law and insists on expanding occupation and violations of Palestinian rights. UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, 478 and 2,334, which emphasised the elimination of occupation and maintaining religious sites in Jerusalem, are among those that Israel has ignored with US support.

The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of the Zionist regime by the US president is another move that is against international law and regulations. The UN General Assembly in 2017, with 128 votes in favour and only 9 votes against, rejected Trump’s unilateral decision on Quds Sharif.

The US president’s plan, called the “Deal of the Century”, is a move to completely destroy the Palestinian people’s desire to establish a Palestinian state in line with the US’s unilateral support for the interests of the Zionist regime and is in complete opposition to the demands of the Palestinians and the international community. The 181-page document and map presented by the US prove that the White House’s policy on the Palestine issue is unilaterally formulated with the interests of the Zionists and Washington.

As Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, the one-sided deal hatched by the US and Israel without consultation with Palestinians spiked any attempts to bring peace or justice to Palestine. This “peace plan” acknowledges only the powerful occupier while completely ignoring the rights of the oppressed and will only further the domination of an apartheid-like occupation over millions of Palestinians.

Unfortunately, the Palestine issue has not been a priority for some Arab leaders as they have been willing to negotiate with the Zionist regime despite Muslims’ outrage about the deal.

So no action can be taken without the support of the original Palestinians. They must be influential in determining their destiny. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the leaders of the Muslim world to put forward a plan to restore Palestinians’ rights by activating Islamic and regional institutions, including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

It is believed, to respect the rights of Palestinians, referring to the votes of the main Palestine residents, including ones who are forced to live abroad, in the form of referendum may be the most effective way to resolve the dispute and determine their destiny.

The writer is a public diplomacy consular official at the Iranian embassy in Kuala Lumpur


The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times

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