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Standing with Palestine

  • Published at 06:50 pm February 4th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:25 pm February 5th, 2017
Standing with Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s first official visit to Bangladesh renews the friendship between Bangladesh and the Palestinian people.

Bangladesh has long been a supporter of the cause of Palestine, and we thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for expressing solidarity with Palestine, and its demand for full statehood.

Having earned our own independence through a bloody struggle, Bangladesh has a natural empathy for the struggles of the people of Palestine.

For the world to know peace, the Israel-Palestine conflict must be resolved, and the violence perpetrated on the rightful inhabitants of Palestine must be stopped.

The one-state reality that Israel is trying to impose is unjust, and the world must stand against it

The latest Israeli move to set up new settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank, then, must be condemned.

Israel has amped up its aggressive tactics backed up by the Trump administration in the US, and is now trying to establish more Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.

This would displace thousands of Palestinians who rightfully live on that land.

Furthermore, Trump’s plan to support the shifting of the Israeli capital to Jerusalem is a bad sign of things to come.

It is immoral to take away from Palestinian people their homeland -- and yet this international crisis has gone on for far too long without any kind of satisfactory solution.

The people of Palestine and the people of Israel must work out a way to live side by side in peace, and this cannot happen if the United States does not give full recognition to Palestine as a state, like so many other nations have already done.

The one-state reality that Israel is trying to impose is unjust, and the world must stand against it.