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Abbas: 'Jerusalem is the everlasting capital of Palestine'

July 20, 2018 11:13 A.M. (Updated: July 20, 2018 4:43 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas stressed on Thursday evening that Jerusalem City shall be the state of Palestine's everlasting capital.

Abbas' statement came in response to the newly passed "Jewish Nation-State" law by the Israeli Knesset.

The President added that there would be no peace or security unless Jerusalem City remains as such.

Abbas said in a statement, published by the Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa News Agency, that the new law "will not change the historical situation of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied State of Palestine, and will not discourage our people from their legitimate struggle to defeat the occupation and establish their independent state."

The President also called upon the international community to intervene and assume its responsibilities to pressure Israel to stop these "racist laws" and oblige it to implement the resolutions of international community.

The statement stressed that the right of the Palestinian people to return to their land is a sacred right that is guaranteed by the international law, especially Resolution 194, which affirms Palestinian refugees' right of returning to their homes in Palestine.

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