WITHDRAWAL OF ISRAELIS FROM PALESTINE ONLY SOLUTION TO CRISIS: PUNDIT

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Israeli occupiers must withdraw from the Palestinian lands to wherever they have come from, says Marwa Osman, a journalist and political commentator from Tehran.

“The only way, we could get away from all the genocide, all the bloodshed that is going on in occupied Palestine is for all the Zionists… to leave everything, because it’s not theirs,” Osman told Press TV’s The Debate on Wednesday night.

The Zionist occupiers must “go back to whatever European, Western Russian country they came from,” the analyst added.

During the 1948 Palestine war, the Israeli occupiers forced more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs to leave their homeland. The Israeli regime occupied most of the lands of Palestine since then.

Osman said, “There is nothing called Israel, it is the Zionist entity, it’s the most racist entity that has ever been on the face of this earth even more racist than the Nazis themselves, it has been committing genocide against Palestinians ever since they’ve set foot in the sacred land of Palestine and decided to steal the land and steal the resources and call it their ‘holy land’.”

Palestinians who are living in the occupied territories, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are suffering discrimination, unlawful incarceration, demolition of their homes and killings on a daily basis.

Israeli security forces stand guard as bulldozers demolish homes in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, near the southern city of Beersheba, in the Negev desert, on January 18, 2017

Dismissing the notion that Palestinians and Israelis are engaged in a conflict, she said, “It is not a conflict, it is an Israeli occupation on an Arab land, on the Palestinian land and it is a genocide that is going on in Gaza.”

“There was a Holocaust and this was a terrible act in history but this does not give the right for the Israeli entity to do the same and even worse to the people of Palestine,” she noted.

Meanwhile, Richard Millet, a journalist and political commentator from London, said that Palestinians and Israelis need to negotiate to reach a consensus on their future political situation.

“Israel is tiny but Israel wants to live in peace with the Palestinian people but any way to get that is … to be negotiations,” he argued.

According to Millet, there have been peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, but they could not go on because of the broader conflicts in the Middle East.

The journalist put the blame on Iran for the Middle East unrest, claiming that Iranians’ support for the resistance movements in Palestine and Lebanon is the source of unrest in the region.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Tehran hosted a confab, dubbed the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada (uprising), to show support for the Palestinian people.

The Israeli regime has defied international calls for halting the construction of illegal settler units in the occupied territories. The new US administration has expressed all-out support for Israelis’ illegal activities.

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Millet drew a pessimistic picture of the so-called peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying, “I don’t think any administration can help with peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Palestinians started their third Intifada (uprising) in 2014, as they are furious with the settler violence and a plan by Israelis to change the status quo of the al-Aqsa Mosque, which is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

(Source / 25.02.2017)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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