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Peace in Palestine is possible and attainable as long as all nations abide by international law

Dec. 21, 2017, midnight

Banksy’s new piece for the festive season, Bethlehem

“When the final count is in, the US and Israel will find themselves on the wrong side of history”

Prof./Amb. Manuel Hassassian

Today the United Nations General Assembly will vote to reject Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. We hope and trust the majority of members will stand in solidarity with the Palestinians and honour their obligations under international law despite the threats of Donald Trump and his UN envoy, Nikki Haley; as did UN Security Council members last Tuesday.

The US has dug itself into a position where it is set to find itself, alongside Israel, in a face-off with the majority of world nations – outlaws trying to dictate the law. We hope and trust the global community will not waiver in the face of such bullying tactics and do the right thing, under international law and the right thing for Palestine and the Palestinians.

Already there has been support coming from all fronts, both national and international, political and religious. Earlier in the week, leaders of the Christian churches in Palestine met with President Mahmoud Abbas to show their steadfast support on the Jerusalem issue, demonstrating unity with their Muslim compatriots. Their solidarity and that of the international community will send out a strong message this Christmas season that all peoples, who espouse international and humanitarian law, are working for a future which will bring a just and restorative peace to Palestine and the Palestinians.

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