Palestinian dies in Israeli detention

Frederick Owens
February 23, 2018

He additionally cited the administration's decision to slash funding for UNRWA-the U.N. agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, which he said the United States "helped establish"-while criticizing Trump for threatening to shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization's offices in Washington, D.C. That path has led, and will continue to lead, to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people".

Abbas, 82, flew to the United States to address the U.N. Security Council in NY on February 20.

The gathering should lead to full United Nations membership for the state of Palestine, mutual recognition of Israel and Palestine, and the creation of a new worldwide mechanism to reach a final settlement, he said.

The protest was carried out by a group of activists who raised the Palestinian flag and held banners saying that "the USA is part of the problem, not the solution", in light of United States president Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in December of 2017.

In his response to Abbas speech, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, described a history of peace talks that often ended abruptly when Palestinians withdrew once Israel had made an offer.

Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, said any attacks carried out on Iran by Israel would result in the destruction of Tel Aviv. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, a position backed by most of the global community but Israel considers the entire city, including the eastern sector, to be its undivided capital.

Abbas was the last to arrive in the Security Council, and he left immediately after his speech to attend a reception hosted by the Palestinians, avoiding any direct contact with the Americans or Israelis.

Haley said she was "sorry" that Abbas had neglected to remain behind after delivering his speech to listen to Security Council members.

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"I will not shut up", said Nikki Haley lashing out at the Palestinian negotiator.

"We appreciated the opportunity to listen to his speech", White House spokesman Josh Raffel said in a statement emailed to JTA.

Video footage of the incident - published by Israel's Haaretz and Times of Israel news sites - showed soldiers kicking and striking a man, identified by Palestinian officials as al-Saradih, after appearing to have shot him.

Haley said about the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: "You don't have to like that decision, you don't have to praise it, you don't even have to accept it, but know this - that decision will not change".

The Palestinians want to set up a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 war.

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in NY, U.S., February 20, 2018. Danon said Abbas is always welcome to directly negotiate with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but chooses not to.

"Otherwise, she said, "you can chose to put aside your anger" and move forward with political talks that offers the best chance of improving the lives of Palestinians". "You are the problem".

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