President Mahmoud Abbas called tonight on U.S. President Joe Biden to immediately intervene to stop the ongoing Israeli genocide of the Palestinian people, which has so far resulted in 42,000 civilian casualties, predominantly children and women.
In a televised statement aired by the Palestine TV, President Abbas urged President Biden, given his international standing and significant influence on Israel, the occupying power, to immediately intervene to stop the Israeli aggression.
President Abbas also urged Biden to press for the entry of badly needed humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, stop the ongoing attacks by Israeli occupation forces and put an end to settler terrorism against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Jerusalem. These facts, said the President, foreshadow an imminent explosion of the situation.
The President stressed that the Palestinian people deserve to live on their homeland with freedom and dignity. He pledged that they will remain steadfast on their land until they attain their legitimate rights to independence and statehood, with Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.
Below is the text of President Abbas’s speech:
“What our people are enduring in terms of killing and destruction surpasses human capacity. What is America waiting for in the face of the ongoing genocide against our people in Gaza? Isn’t the shedding of the blood of children, women, and the elderly enough to awaken the world’s conscience?
“Today, I address US President Joe Biden, who bears a special responsibility due to his international standing and significant influence on the Israeli occupation authorities, to intervene immediately to halt this aggression.
“President Biden, I call on you, with all your official and humane qualities, to stop this humanitarian catastrophe, this genocide against our innocent people. History will not absolve anyone of these crimes. I call on you to provide relief to our besieged people in Gaza. This war must stop immediately. How can this genocide be self-defense? In reality, this genocide is a war crime that warrants punishment.
“I also call on you to urgently intervene to stop the attacks by Israeli forces and the continuous terrorism by settlers against our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem, which foreshadow an imminent explosion.
“The terrible massacres committed by Israeli occupation forces against our Palestinian people in Gaza, the latest being today at the Al-Fakhura and Tal Al-Zaatar schools, where hundreds of forcibly displaced people were killed, prompt me once again to demand that you and world leaders take responsibility to stop this aggression and genocide against our people. Until now, over 42,000 Palestinians, mostly children and women, have fallen victim to this [aggression], in addition to the widespread destruction of tens of thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, places of worship, public facilities, and infrastructure.
“Our Palestinian people deserve to live on their homeland with freedom and dignity. They will remain steadfast on their land until they attain their legitimate rights to independence and statehood, with Jerusalem as the capital.
“Stop the genocide against our people.