WASHINGTON, Oct 22 — PLO Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi, said that Israel’s illegal steps in Jerusalem are “transforming it into an exclusively Jewish city” where Palestinian Christians and Muslims have become temporary residents in their own homeland.
“Israel is annexing Jerusalem and destroying the authenticity and character of the occupied city with its oppressive and severe laws,” said Ashrawi during a keynote speech delivered in Washington.
The speech entitled, “Framing the Current Issues in Palestine,” discussed the escalation of Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian human rights, and the status of Jerusalem and its Muslim and Christian Palestinian population.
Ashrawi stressed that “without Jerusalem as our capital, there can be no Palestinian state or chances for peace or stability.”
“With its illegal measures of demolishing Palestinian houses, evicting Palestinians from their ancestral homes, revoking Palestinian IDs and constructing settlements and apartheid walls, Israel is transforming Jerusalem into an exclusively Jewish city where Palestinian Christians and Muslims have become temporary residents in their own homeland,” added Ashrawi.
She further discussed the current facts on the ground, future Palestinian political initiatives, including the Palestinian bid at the United Nations, the domestic reconciliation process and future prospects for elections, as well as the tragic situation of the Palestinians and Israel’s most recent campaign of aggression and terror in Gaza.
Ashrawi accepted the 16th Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) 2014 Path of Peace award, which she described as a “humbling and empowering honor.”