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Recognition of Israel violates Palestinian rights: Analyst

Mourners carry the body of a 26-year-old Palestinian during his funeral in the West Bank city of al-Khalil, who was killed by Israeli forces, on November 20, 2015. (©AFP)

Press TV has interviewed Ibrahim Mousawi, a political commentator from Beirut, and Richard Millett, a journalist and political commentator from London, to discuss the increasing trend of isolation of the Israeli regime throughout the world.

Mousawi said the Israeli regime does not tolerate any criticism even from academics who want to boycott products from illegal settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine.

Urging all freedom-seekers to ban any interaction with the Israeli regime, he said, “Israel should be delegitimized,” because the whole problem of the Palestinian people comes from “recognition of such a criminal and terrorist” entity.

More people in the United States and Europe are becoming aware of the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians thanks to social media and activists around the world, he added.

He said the developments in the West Bank and East al-Quds seem to be “the renewal of Intifada” by the young Palestinians who are annoyed with the crimes committed by the apartheid regime of Israel.

The clashes between Palestinians and Israelis should not be attributed to a conflict between Muslims and Jews, Mousawi argued, adding that the Palestinian people respond to atrocities of the Zionist authorities and settlers who usurp parts of Palestinian lands, force them to escape from their homeland and kill Palestinians daily.

He said the Palestinian people are not simply implementing the orders of political factions such as Fatah or Hamas, but are, in fact, self-motivated to fight back against the inhumane Israeli crimes.

He added that the Israeli regime and settlers try to spread misleading narratives about the al-Aqsa Mosque to prevent the Palestinians from going to the holy Islamic site and saying their prayers.

Millett, for his part, said a Third Intifada will not take place in the occupied territories of Palestine, blaming the Palestinian leadership for inciting the unrest.

He said the Israeli authorities have the right to impose tough security restrictions at the al-Aqsa Mosque to make sure no violence would break out between Palestinians and Israeli settlers.


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