Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during an emergency meeting of the Fatah Central Committee and the PLO Executive Committee in the occupied West Bank City of Ramallah, on May 12, 2021. AFP
President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership is moving at all levels, which is part of its national responsibility, and will do everything possible to defend the Palestinian people and stop the occupation and settlers from harming the holy places and the rest of the Palestinian territories.
Speaking at the start of the leadership meeting held at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah to discuss the repercussions of the Israeli aggression in Jerusalem and on Gaza, President Abbas said that "the continued aggression against the Palestinian people everywhere, including in the Gaza Strip, exceeded all limits in total disregard for all international norms and covenants, which puts us in front of very difficult choices imposed by the national duty in defense of the holy places, rights and people."
"Jerusalem is a red line," said President Abbas. "It is the heart and soul of Palestine and its eternal capital. There will be no peace, security, or stability until it is liberated."
"We will not accept the fait accompli that the occupation wants to impose in Jerusalem by targeting the Palestinian presence," he said.
Addressing the United States and Israel, the President demanded an end to the occupation, today and not tomorrow, stressing that "the Palestinians will not leave and will remain a thorn in the eyes of the occupation. They will not leave their homeland, and will not commit the crime of becoming refugees and displacement of 1948 and 1967."
He stressed that "the Jerusalemite families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood will not leave and will not rest," stressing that "security and safety do not come with the power of arms and oppression."