'You Won’t Be Forgotten’ Says Prince William, but Palestine is Not So Sure

Published July 1st, 2018 - 01:36 GMT
Britain's Prince William on the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City during his five-day visit to the region in which he visited Jordan, Israel and the Occupied West Bank. (AFP/ File)
Britain's Prince William on the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City during his five-day visit to the region in which he visited Jordan, Israel and the Occupied West Bank. (AFP/ File)

Randa Darwish

During a five-day historic visit to the region, the Duke of Cambridge and the second-in-line to the throne, Prince William showed a unique approach toward the Israel-Palestine conflict from a British royal family member.

It all started when the British royal family issued a statement on details of the visit that will include Jordan, Israel and the “Occupied Palestinian territories”, which angered Israeli officials leading some of them to call for boycotting his visit. The statement comes at a time while Israel is fighting the international society to consider Jerusalem as the capital of their state.

The Duke made a historic visit to one of the refugee camps in Ramallah, the Jalazone camp, where 15,000 people live. Later on the same day, he met with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, who expressed his hopes that next time Prince William visit Palestine it will be a fully independent state.

By the end of the day, the Duke gave a speech at the British consul-general’s residence in Jerusalem. He addressed Palestinians saying: “You have not been forgotten… I hope that through my being here and understanding the challenges you face, the links of friendship and mutual respect between the Palestinian and British people will grow stronger.”

His remarks on peace with Palestinians and his willingness to work on solving the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine were welcomed with mixed reactions among Palestinians and Arabs in general.

Some of them attacked the Duke’s double-standards as he comes from a country that was mainly responsible of the occupation of Palestine and the creation of Israel, referring to the Balfour Declaration.

Translation: “Prince William to Palestinians in Jerusalem: “My message for you today is that you won’t be forgotten…” They were not forgotten and won’t be forgotten, but your country is the source of occupation that happened to these people.”

It is worth mentioning that Balfour Declaration is the pledge given by Britain in 1917 to establish "a national home for the Jewish people" on a land that does not belong to it, in Palestine. Since then, Britain is being held responsible for the declaration that started the whole conflict between Israel and Palestine and several calls were made by Palestinian leaders and Arabs demanding the British government to apologize for the suffering it caused of Palestinians

Other users expressed their uncertainty over the Duke’s intentions, as he expressed willingness to achieve peace in the region.

Translation: “Unfortunately, his country is who founded the crime [occupation] starting from Balfour declaration.”

Some users rejected the way in which the Duke and other world leaders might falsify faces and act as serving the Arab and Palestinian purposes, while in fact they are not.

Translation: “The West is cooperating together in their play as in a world cup match, one player strikes and shoot, others defend, another player is dodgy who confuses the opponent and I think this one is Prince William.”

Prince William’s visit to the region was described as a historic and first-of-its-kind visit of a British royal family to the occupied West Bank. During the visit, Jordan was the first leg for Prince William, before he went to Israel and ended it in the occupied West Bank.

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