US veto makes it complicit in Israeli genocide, war crimes against Palestinians: Mahmoud Abbas

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Dec 2023

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday the United States is complicit in the crimes of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinians, in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem, after it vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (R) meeting with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Cou
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (R) meeting with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. AFP


Abou Mazen said in a statement that Washington was "responsible for the bloodshed" of children children, women, and elderly in Gaza," Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

He deemed the American position as "aggressive and immoral, a blatant violation of all humanitarian values and principles.

Washington's veto at a special meeting of the Security Council on Friday scuttled the growing efforts towards an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the territory led by UN chief Antonio Guterres and Arab, sparking global outcry.

American envoy Robert Wood said the resolution was "divorced from reality" and "would have not moved the needle forward on the ground."

Guterres had convened the emergency meeting after weeks of brutal Israeli war which killed nearly 17,500 people in the Gaza Strip, almost 70 per cent of them women and children.

According to WAFA, President Abbas stated that the US administration's veto challenges the international community, “giving an additional green light to the Israeli occupation to continue its aggression against the people of Gaza.”

He pointed out that “this decision will haunt the United States for years,” urging the international community to “seek solutions to halt the genocide being committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories, and to prevent this serious crisis from escalating into a religious war that threatens the entire world.”

The Palestinian President expressed his gratitude to the UN Security Council member states that "stood on the side of justice, peace, and humanitarian ethics, supporting the draft resolution that called for an end to the Israeli aggression, considering the fact that it threatens global peace and security."

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