Describing a viable two-state solution to peace in the Middle East as “very much in doubt”, a leading Palestinian legislator called on Wednesday for “new international engagement” to move the process forward.
Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hanan Ashrawi, described the deaths and injuries of Palestinians at the Gaza border on Monday as a “massacre”, adding that Palestinians everywhere were one people, who “share the same pain, the same sorrows, the same aspirations, the same hopes”.
She said that blaming the leadership of militant group Hamas in Gaza for incitement to violence was “a convenient scapegoat”, to deflect accountability away from Israel for the “deliberate and wilful killing” of unarmed civilians.
The veteran negotiator is at UN Headquarters to take part in a forum organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
Matt Wells began by asking Ms. Ashrawi to outline why she had come to UN Headquarters.