Fatah Spokesperson: Israeli Occupation’s Policies Risk Sliding into Religious War

RAMALLAH, November 20, 2014 – (WAFA) – The policies adopted by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people risk sliding into the abyss of a serious religious war, said Thursday Fatah Spokesperson and Member of Central Committee Nabil Abu Rudeineh.

Fatah Central Committee convened a meeting headed by President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian arena.

Abu Rudeineh noted that the committee discussed recent escalation and upsurge in violence across the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPT), especially in East Jerusalem, as a result of the Israeli government’s promotion of settlement construction and sponsorship of settlers’ violations against the Palestinian people.

He added that given the Israeli government’s ongoing pursuit of these policies, reneging on its obligations; including the latest agreement to calm the situation in Jerusalem, and it encouragement of storming Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound by extremist settlers, as well as its provocative actions against the Palestinian people and settlement construction, it is directly and solely responsible for the reactions and violence threatening to make the situation volatile and slide into the abyss of a rejected and condemned serious religious war.

“In order to prevent the situation from deteriorating any further and become volatile, the Israeli government has to stop all of its practices against the Palestinian people, territory and holy sites, especially in Jerusalem, bring settlers’ crimes to an end,”added Abu Rudeineh.

“Fatah Central Committee calls on all relevant actors, especially the US Administration, to immediately intervene before it is too late to prevent any catastrophic consequences as a result of the practices undertaken by the Israeli government, army and settlers and ]oblige Israeli government[ to de-escalate the situation to stop the bloodshed and prevent any extremist actions that could result in dire consequences,” he added.

“The committee expressed its support for the Palestinian leadership’s position to go to the UN Security Council and demand the provision of international protection for the Palestinian people and seek a resolution that sets a deadline for ending the Israeli occupation and establishing the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital within a fixed timetable.”