WEST BANK: Palestine President Mahmud Abbas criticised Sunday the West’s “double standards” he mentioned penalised Russia over its invasion of Ukraine whereas ignoring Israel’s “crimes” towards the Palestinians.
Abbas voiced his frustration to visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a press briefing with reporters on the Palestinian presidential residence within the occupied West Bank metropolis of Ramallah.
“The current events in Europe have shown blatant double standards,” he informed Blinken.
“Despite the crimes of the Israeli occupation that amounted to ethnic cleansing and racial discrimination… we find no one who is holding Israel responsible for behaving as a state above the law,” he mentioned.
Blinken held talks with Abbas on the primary full day of a visit that features a assembly with the overseas ministers of Israel and 4 Arab international locations which have normalised relations with the Jewish state.
Blinken informed Abbas he needed to revitalise US relations with the Palestinians after they collapsed beneath the administration of former president Donald Trump.
But with its deal with the problem from China and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Washington has spent much less time total on Middle East points.
The Palestinian Authority led by Abbas has sparked the ire of Western diplomats in current weeks as a result of it has not condemned Russia’s assault on Ukraine.
Multiple Western diplomatic sources have informed AFP of requests to the PA, a recipient of main European Union donations, to sentence the Russian invasion.
Blinken didn’t elevate the Ukraine challenge earlier than reporters, or different matters together with reopening the US consulate for Palestinians in east Jerusalem, which Trump closed and the Israelis don’t need to see reopened.
But he pledged to keep up help for the Palestinians, pointing to persevering with monetary support for improvement and $500 million offered for humanitarian help prior to now yr.
“The United States is committed to rebuilding our relationship with the Palestinian Authority and with the Palestinian people,” he informed Abbas.