Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh today called for serious international pressure to compel Israel to cease its violations against the Palestinian people.
Speaking during a meeting with Norwegian Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, Hilde Haraldstad at the Prime Minister’s Office in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Shtayyeh called upon the international community, chiefly the US, to exert serious pressure on Israel to compel it to halt its collective punishment of the indigenous Palestinian people, including daily army incursions, detention raids, extrajudicial killings and intrusions upon the holy sites.
The meeting was attended by Head of the Representative Office of Norway to the Palestinian Authority Torunn Viste.
Premier Shtayyeh also called upon donor countries, chiefly Norway, as Chair of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), to bring pressure on Israel to fulfill its obligations and halt all unilateral deductions for the Palestinian tax revenues, which were resulting in a serious financial crisis, release the total sum of withheld funds, and revive the Palestinian economy.
He stressed that the measures of the current far-right Israeli government, that build on the measures of the previous governments, all of which are an integral part of Israel’s decades-long brutal settler-colonial and apartheid policies against indigenous Palestinians, are intended to are meant to ruin the lives of Palestinians and do away with their presence.