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Ashrawi describes Trump's speech as 'plain bullying'

Sept. 26, 2018 1:02 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 27, 2018 3:46 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi, tweeted, on Tuesday, describing United States President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations as "plain bullying."

On Tuesday, Trump gave a speech at the opening session of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly meeting, following with Ashrawi posting a tweet on her Twitter account, which read "Trump at the UN: superficial defense of unilateralism, isolationism & plain bullying."

"He launched arrogant attack on global system from its podium, boasted of illegally moving embassy to Jerusalem and leaving HR Council! Condescending ignorance: double flaws."

Ashrawi spoke at a political briefing held on Tuesday at the PLO headquarters in Ramallah, prior to her tweet, with diplomatic representatives in Palestine and slammed the US Trump administration's recent decisions as "unlawful and destructive."

During the briefing, she urged governments worldwide to increase their contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and to rescue multilateral-ism to achieve a just peace.

Members of the grassroots Right to Enter Campaign provided a thorough presentation at the briefing, in which they noted that Israel continues to control the population registry for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), causing serious harm to the Palestinian population.

"Family unification has been frozen for nearly two decades, forcing families to relocate, live apart or face the constant threat of deportation."

The campaign reported "a clear escalation in restrictions on and denials of visas for foreign nationals wishing to visit, work, or reside with their families over the past two years with many of those affected being of Palestinian descent."

Ashrawi stressed, "Current conditions are unlawful and unsustainable. Families are torn apart, institutional sustainability is undermined, and healthy social and economic development is blocked," in reference to the report by the Right to Enter Campaign.

She added "We call on the international community to bring Israel to comply with international law and international humanitarian law."

Following the presentation, Ashrawi briefed the diplomats on the latest domestic and political developments in Palestine, and discussed "Israel's expansion of the illegal settlement enterprise around occupied East Jerusalem, its imminent plans to demolish the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, the deliberate targeting and killing of peaceful Palestinian protestors in the besieged Gaza Strip, the increase in settler colonial terror, and the acceleration of discriminatory and racist laws and legislation against all Palestinians."

Ashrawi said "The Palestinian people will not accept treating Gaza as a separate entity or as a humanitarian or economic issue," while emphasizing the fact that "it is a political issue that has to be politically and legally addressed to maintain the possibility of a viable and territorially contiguous democratic Palestinian state."

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