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Arab states urged to cut ties with Israel

16 May 2010 0:34

Two committees at Arab Parliament have called on the Arab League members to sever “all direct and indirect contacts with Israel” over Tel Aviv’s “ethnic cleansing” policy.

During a two-day convention in Damascus, the Foreign Affairs and Policy Committee and the National Security Committee, called on member states to sever all ties with the Israeli regime in protest at the expulsion policy it has been practicing in the West Bank.

The committees pointed to Tel Aviv’s latest decision to expel tens of thousands of West Bank Palestinians, describing it as a “new chapter of ethnic cleansing.”

Israel has a policy, which allows the military to deport or expel “infiltrators,” who according to Tel Aviv are Palestinians without proper registration papers.

Two military orders enforced in April expanded the definition of “infiltrator,” thereby rendering potentially thousands of Gaza residents in the West Bank susceptible to deportation.

“Intensified settlement activity in the occupied Arab territories reaffirms that Israel does not wish to reach a just peace in the Middle East, rejecting any mediation aimed at stopping settlement growth and withdrawing from all occupied land to the 1967 borders,” the committees said on Saturday.

In March, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said that the body would discuss withdrawing the Arab Peace Initiative amidst ongoing settlement activity.

The initiative offers normalization of ties with Israel in exchange for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

Since the indirect talks between Israel and Palestine began last week, Tel Aviv has revealed several plans for illegal settlement growth throughout East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank.

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