The US Human Right Report is intended to whitewash the Israeli occupation and excuse human rights violations against the Palestinian people, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said today.
âAfter the release of the so-called Human Rights Report, by the US State Department, it is now abundantly clear that the Trump administration is gearing all branches of the government to whitewash the Israeli occupation and its pervasive violations of human rights,â said Ashrawi in a statement. âThe ‘reportâ also decontextualizes the reality by omitting the inescapable fact ofÂ IsraeliÂ occupation of Palestine, reflecting this administrationâs infatuation with an alternative yetÂ fallaciousÂ version of reality and legality.â
The PLO official said, according to WAFA, that most objectionable was the reportâs negation of the Palestinian peopleâs national identity and deep roots in their homeland by referring to Palestinians as mere ‘residentsâ in their own homeland. âThis is both morally and politically reprehensible,â she said.
âThe intention of this publication is clear. It is to exonerate Israel from its indisputable human rights violations, while deliberately attempting to depict the racist policies and attitudes of the Israeli government as benign despite the fact that they deny the Palestinian peopleâs humanity, nationality, and narrative.â
Ashrawi added: âIn its zealous pursuit to justify and mainstream the rightwing agenda in Israel, the Trump administration has made a mockery of the Human Rights ‘Reportâ and reaffirmed its complicity in the promotion and support of human rights violations against the Palestinian people. The legal and political standing of Palestine and the Syrian Golan Heights asÂ territoryÂ under Israeli occupation is indisputable under international law. Under the Trump administration, these facts have been discarded and denied in these âReportsâ. However, denying facts cannot alter reality nor change the legal and standing moral obligations of states under international law to respect and ensure respectÂ ofÂ human rights.
âThe [US President Donald] Trump administration has spared no effort to reassert its destabilizing role and hostile agenda in the region in collusion with Israel. It is futile to engage with such disruptive actors, especially given their aversion to facts and their demonstrable hostility to the Palestinian peopleâs national and human rights. However, the Palestinian leadership and people will continue to engage with partners who share our values and commitment to international law and peace based on respect, dignity, and justice.â
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)