Riyad al-Maliki says normalization without reaching the Palestinian state represents support for apartheid.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has criticized the countries that traveled there normalizes relationships with Israel last year, as violence escalates between Palestinians and Israeli forces.
“Normalization and running towards this Israeli colonial system without achieving peace and ending the Israeli occupation of Arab and Palestinian lands represents support for the apartheid regime and participation in its crimes,” Maliki said. at an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Sunday.
“This colonial occupation must be confronted, dismantled, finished and banned. The recently accelerated normalization will not affect the feelings of the Arab world or change its assessment.
Since the outbreak of violence on Monday, at least 188 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been killed, including 55 children. More than 1,200 people have been injured. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians.
Israel has reported ten deaths, including two children, from thousands of missiles fired from Gaza by Hamas and other Palestinian groups, many of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.
There has also been widespread violence in Israel between Israeli Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel amid escalation.
This has put the Arab countries that have normalized ties with Israel – Sudan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – in a particularly embarrassing position, as they have premised their peace agreement with Tel Aviv on the idea that relations would serve in the interest of the Palestinian Cause.
The OIC emergency meeting was organized by Saudi Arabia, which has not formally normalized ties with Israel, but is known to maintain clandestine relations.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan called on the international community to take “urgent measures” to stop the Israeli military operation and revive peace talks aimed at achieving a two-state solution.
“Preserving Jerusalem is the responsibility of all of us,” he said.
The recent bloodshed, just as Muslims celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan, has put Israel’s new Arab partners behind, forcing them to resort to critical rhetoric less than a year after signing. standardization agreements.
The so-called “Abraham Accords” swept decades of consensus and were condemned as “Betrayal” of Palestinian leaders who feared diminishing their demands for homeland.
They were shocked by the urge of then-US President Donald Trump, who hailed “the dawn of a new Middle East” as his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner dismissed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a mere “real estate dispute” “.
Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, spoke at the meeting, but did not address the criticism, only called for a halt to the violence and did not specifically blame Israel for the problems.