World Bulletin/News Desk
The Palestinian faction Fatah on Sunday described the Israeli government as a "racist" one that believed in extremism, terrorism and shedding the blood of Palestinians.
"The fierce Zionist escalation against our people, our prisoners in Israeli jails, and incitement against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are all proofs of the racist nature of the Israeli government, its extremism and belief in the shedding of Palestinian blood," Hassan Ahmed, a Fatah spokesman in the Gaza Strip said.
"The crimes of Israeli occupation authorities will never change the fact that Palestine is an occupied Arab land," he added in a statement, marking the 97th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
Issued in 1917, the declaration called for the creation in Palestine of a homeland for the world's Jews.
Ahmed said Palestinians were subject to a brutal Israeli war and incessant attempts to sabotage their efforts to establish their own state within the two-state solution.
The two-state solution seeks to put an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the creation of two states in the Palestinian territories, including a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous "Balfour Declaration," called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." Palestinians marked the 97th anniversary of the declaration on Sunday.
Israel later occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.
Palestinians continue to demand the establishment of an independent state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital.Last Mod: 02 Kasım 2014, 22:43