Saudi Arabia ups pressure on Israel
Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration against Israeli government's plans to relocate Bedouins in the Negev desert (AFP/JACK GUEZ)
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Saudi Arabia's U.N. delegation called on Tuesday for increased international pressure on Israel to seek genuine peace with the Palestinians and put an end to human rights violations against the Palestinian people.
“The delegation of my country stresses the importance of not relying on hopes without the continuation of exerting more pressure from the international community on Israel in order to make it understand that there is no choice but peace and that this issue is not limited only to routine reviews in the Security Council's deliberations,” said Abdulmohsen F. Alyas, the kingdom’s Chargé D'affaires, in a statement.
Abdulmohsen recalled violations in the Palestinian territories, including “displacement, expulsion, arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment of prisoners.”
He said Israel is on a “quest to change the situation on the ground that include, but not limited to, confiscation and destruction of Palestinian homes, expansion of settlements; arrests, detentions and use of excessive violence against demonstrators, continuation of the blockade on Gaza Strip.”
The Saudi delegation praised a decision by the European Union to ban NGOs active in Israeli settlements from using EU money and called for other countries in the world to follow the EU’s step.
“We call on the countries of the world to follow suit and take similar steps to condemn the criminal Israeli actions against Palestinian citizens,” the Saudi delegation’s statement added.
It also denounced “Israel's arrogance and defiance” by a recent decision to build 1,000 new settlers homes in a number of settlement.
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