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State of Palestine: Abbas stops agreements with Israel over demolitions02:38

State of Palestine: Abbas stops agreements with Israel over demolitions

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Ramallah
July 25, 2019 at 23:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Palestine will no longer comply with the agreements made with Israel after the several homes were demolished in the East Jerusalem, confirmed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at an emergency meeting in Ramallah on Thursday.

"In light of the insistence of the occupation authority on the denial of all the signed agreements and their obligations, we declare the decision of the leadership to stop working by the agreements signed with the Israeli side," said Abbas.

He added that Palestine will start working on Friday on the establishment of a committee to implement the decision.

Abbas accused the US government of aiding Israeli abuses in Palestine. "The American administration, through its policies biased toward Israel and its attempts to change international terms of reference through its deal of the century, provides cover for Israeli violations against our people," he said.

Earlier in the week, Israeli security forces arrived in East Jerusalem's Sur Baher neighbourhood and evicted several Palestinian families. Bulldozers and diggers were brought in to destroy around 100 homes. Many Palestinians are reportedly homeless after the demolition.

Israel says the buildings were built illegally to close to the separation barrier in the occupied West Bank.

Residents say they had been given permits to build by the Palestinian Authority.

State of Palestine: Abbas stops agreements with Israel over demolitions02:38
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Palestine will no longer comply with the agreements made with Israel after the several homes were demolished in the East Jerusalem, confirmed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at an emergency meeting in Ramallah on Thursday.

"In light of the insistence of the occupation authority on the denial of all the signed agreements and their obligations, we declare the decision of the leadership to stop working by the agreements signed with the Israeli side," said Abbas.

He added that Palestine will start working on Friday on the establishment of a committee to implement the decision.

Abbas accused the US government of aiding Israeli abuses in Palestine. "The American administration, through its policies biased toward Israel and its attempts to change international terms of reference through its deal of the century, provides cover for Israeli violations against our people," he said.

Earlier in the week, Israeli security forces arrived in East Jerusalem's Sur Baher neighbourhood and evicted several Palestinian families. Bulldozers and diggers were brought in to destroy around 100 homes. Many Palestinians are reportedly homeless after the demolition.

Israel says the buildings were built illegally to close to the separation barrier in the occupied West Bank.

Residents say they had been given permits to build by the Palestinian Authority.

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