‘Israel’s attempts to change Jerusalem status should be annulled’

Israel’s attempts to change Jerusalem status should be annulled, the Palestinian ambassador urged.

The State of Palestine asked the UN General Assembly to get Israel to annul all measures to change the status of Jerusalem which under international accords should remain a capital of two states.

All Israeli measures, including the extension of the so-called ‘basic law’ should be cancelled immediately, Palestinian permanent observer at the UN Riyad Mansour said.

‘The basic law’ which Israel’s unicameral national legislature Knesset adopted in 1980 proclaims united Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Several countries have expressed deep concern over the rising tensions in Arab-dominated East Jerusalem, stressing the need for restraint and avoidance of provocation.

Marking the International day of solidarity with the Palestinian People, India called for dialogue as the “only viable option” for a durable, comprehensive and peaceful solution to the Palestinian issue.

“We hope that both sides will demonstrate the necessary political will to return to the negotiating table and resume dialogue,” he said, adding that India supports a negotiated solution, resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders, side by side and at peace with Israel.

India called for the blockade on Gaza to be fully lifted and humanitarian supplies and desperately-needed materials for reconstruction be allowed in without restrictions.

The fighting, which raged from July 8 to August 26, saw entire neighbourhoods in the Strip flattened, and almost one-third of Gaza’s population uprooted.

The violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis while also damaging or destroying over 100,000 homes.

India is implementing development projects in Palestine, jointly with Brazil and South Africa within the framework of IBSA, and has pledged a million dollars for a new project to reconstruct the Atta Habib medical centre in Gaza.