Published: 2023-11-28 19:11
Last Updated: 2024-02-29 19:35
King Abdullah II stated that the war on Gaza, which has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent elderly, children, women, and civilians, must come to an end.
In a message addressed to Cheikh Niang, Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, observed every 29th of November, His Majesty emphasized that Israel's heinous aggression against Gaza and the illegitimate violations in the West Bank contradict humanitarian values and the right to life.
His Majesty added that the current global solidarity day with the Palestinian people arrives during exceptional circumstances that call upon the entire world to act, to cease the war on Gaza, protect innocent civilians and hospitals, compel Israel to lift the blockade, grant full access for humanitarian organizations, and ensure the uninterrupted delivery of sufficient relief and medical aid.
He underscored that depriving the people of Gaza of water, food, medication, and electricity is a war crime that cannot be ignored, as its continuation exacerbates the humanitarian crisis there.
To confront this severe attack on humanity, His Majesty stressed the need for intensified efforts by international and humanitarian organizations to collaborate with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to ensure aid provision in Gaza and in all its operational areas.
His Majesty emphasized the immediate action required by the international community to enhance support to UNRWA to continue fulfilling its UN mandate in providing health and relief services.
Weakening or halting this agency will worsen the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and will have severe consequences in the West Bank and among displaced communities, the King said.
His Majesty reiterated Jordan's rejection of any scenario or contemplation of reoccupying parts of Gaza or establishing buffer zones there. He also wholly rejected any attempt to separate the West Bank from Gaza, considering both as extensions of one unified Palestinian state.
He noted that after more than 75 years since the Nakba, Palestinians remain steadfast in their right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent, sovereign, viable state on the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the two-state solution that guarantees security and peace for Palestinians, Israelis, and the region.
The Palestinian issue remains central to Jordan, and it will continue standing in full support of our Palestinian brothers and sisters in achieving their just and inalienable rights, the King said.
His Majesty added that Jordan will persist in working with the Palestinian National Authority to preserve the historical and legal status quo in the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, safeguarding and nurturing them under the Hashemite custodianship of these sanctities.