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Palestine Blasts US’ Soft Language on ‘Israeli’ Occupation

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By Staff, Agencies

Palestine blasted the United States for omitting the term “occupation” in describing the ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories, saying the hostile move will not change the established reality.

In an annual global “human rights” report released on Wednesday, the State Department ceased to refer to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights as “occupied” and called the latter territory ‘Israeli’-controlled.

Reacting to the report, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Wednesday that “these American titles will not change the fact that the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 and the occupied Arab Golan are territories under ‘Israeli’ occupation in accordance with UN resolutions and international law.”

Abu Rudeineh, who also serves as Palestinian Authority deputy prime minister and information minister, said Washington’s latest move is “a continuation of the hostile approach of the American administration toward our Palestinian people and is contrary to all UN resolutions.”

He further said that the US move to drop the term “occupation” in reference to Palestinian territories was part of Washington’s efforts “to allow what is called ‘the deal of the century’ to liquidate the Palestinian people to come to pass.”

‘Israel’ occupied the West Bank, East al-Quds and parts of Syria’s Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967.

The Zionist entity must withdraw from all the territories seized in the war under UN Security Council Resolution 242, adopted months after the Six-Day War, in November 1967, but the Tel Aviv regime has defied that piece of international law ever since.

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