PA to charge all those involved in Israeli settlement issue: PM

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-05 05:16:57|Editor: yan
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RAMALLAH, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaye said on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will charge anyone involved in the Israeli settlement issue, whether they are diplomats, companies or settlers.

Ishtaye's remarks were a response to the participation of U.S. Ambassador in Israel David Friedman on Sunday in the inauguration of a tunnel under Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Friedman appeared in a video holding a big hammer and joining the demolition of a wall during the inauguration.

"Few days ago, all of us saw an ambassador of a great country showing off the demolition of one of the Palestinian homes in Silwan south of Al-Aqsa Mosque to dig a tunnel to facilitate the settlers' movement," Ishtaye said.

He added that "these actions had never happened in the world's history of diplomacy, which is completely condemned."

"We will sue all those who are involved in the Israeli settlement, no matter they are diplomats, companies or settlers," Ishtaye told a conference for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

He slammed the U.S. policies against the Palestinians, adding "the United States says it wants to help us economically and at the same time it cuts its aid and funds that go to hospitals and refugees in the Palestinian territories."

Ishtaye reiterated the PA position which only accepts an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return for the refugees.

Political ties between the PA and the United States had been severed following U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration in December 2017 of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel and moved the embassy to the city in May last year.