Published: 2023-10-17 19:39
Last Updated: 2024-02-26 18:20
In the strongest statement since the launch of ‘Operation Aqsa Typhoon,’ Jordan’s Foreign Minister said that any attempt to displace Palestinians from their homeland is a “declaration of war.”
He emphasized that a new catastrophe or setback will not be allowed, nor will the crisis be shifted to neighboring countries.
Safadi pointed out that meetings hosted by His Majesty King Abdullah II will affirm the immediate action needed to halt the catastrophic war on the Gaza Strip, allowing for humanitarian aid delivery and ensuring civilian protection.
He clarified that the meetings will also unequivocally state that any attempt to displace Palestinians from within Gaza or from any part of Palestine to outside its borders constitutes a war crime according to international law.
"This is an unwavering stance that will not change. It is based on a history and a firm commitment that we will stand against any attempt to displace Palestinians from their homeland and attempt to shift the crisis created and exacerbated by the occupation to neighboring countries."
He affirmed that the current priority is to stop the war and facilitate humanitarian aid, and protect civilians. He warned that the continuation of this escalating war will push the entire region into the abyss.
"We differ regarding this stance. We say that the war on Gaza must stop, and we say that what is happening in Gaza constitutes collective punishment and war crimes," Safadi stated.
He pointed out that the West dealt with the Ukrainian crisis and rallied international support against the war on Ukraine based on international law. International law should not differentiate between crises based on their location or parties involved. International law and humanitarian values should not discriminate when it comes to this law based on the identity or nationality of the parties. We say, "Palestinians are no less human than Israelis or Ukrainians. Palestinians deserve to be treated as all the peoples of the world are treated."