70 civil society organizations held a press conference in front of the United Nations Office in Gaza City, on Tuesday.
They sent a written message to the UN expressing their rejection of the so-called American “peace plan,” which is meant to help Israel consolidate its control over all Palestinian territories, and prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
The letter pointed out that the American peace plan, known as the “Deal of the Century,â€ť does not constitute an initiative or a political project for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or for peace in the Middle East. Rather, itâ€™s intended to support Israel and impose its control over the Palestinian territories, depriving Palestinians of all their legitimate rights guaranteed by international law and resolutions of international legitimacy, foremost among them the right to establish an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.
The conference called on international bodies in general, and the United Nations in particular, to reject the American plan and to continue to support Palestinian rights, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and international law, and the agreements signed by the international community, Days of Palestine reports..
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.