Abbas accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing
Well this should garner them some more votes at the UN…
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, accusing Israel of engaging in ethnic cleansing in his United Nations speech.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Abbas accused Israel of employing an ‘ethnic cleansing policy’ in Jerusalem.
‘Israel issues building permits to settlers so they can build in occupied Jerusalem, while it keeps confiscating lands in eastern Jerusalem and driving away Palestinians from their ancestral lands,’ he said in his address to the United Nations General Assembly
‘Now, after the Arab springs emphasized their desire for liberty, it’s time for a Palestinian spring – the moment of independence,’ he said.
…Friday afternoon, Abbas said he is adamant about not recognizing Israel as the Jewish state.
“They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state,” Abbas said in a meeting with some 200 senior representatives of the Palestinian community in the US, shortly before taking the podium and delivering a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.