Al-Otaibi: Kuwait utterly condemns Israeli acts against innocent Palestinians

NEW YORK, As 15 people lie dead and more than 1,400 others are injured, the State of Kuwait, in a statement to a UNSC session late Friday, expressed “utter condemnation” of the Israeli venomous acts against innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Kuwaiti Permanent Representative to the UN Headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said in a speech to the urgent UNSC session on the recent violence in the Gaza Strip that Palestinians had the right to express their views in a peaceful manner during the annual ‘Land Day’; a celebration of Palestinians’ right to return to the lands of their ancestors.

“We have to be clear that what have occurred today was a peaceful demonstration carried out by unarmed people, which was met by direct brute force,” said Ambassador Al-Otaibi who condemned the Israeli actions that went against international human rights.

The Kuwaiti diplomat said that the Palestinian people should not remain as an “exception” when it comes to the true implementation of human rights, stressing that the Israeli aggressors should abide by the 1949 Geneva Convention concerning the just treatment of people in occupied lands.

Ambassador Al-Otaibi said that it was about time for an international protection to be allocated to the Palestinian people against the atrocities carried out by Israel.

The world should not forget that what have occurred today should linked with the fact that the Gaza Strip has been suffering from over a decade-long Israeli blockade, he noted.

For over 50 years, Israel has been bashing all international laws concerning the treatment of Palestinians and the result so far has affected any global efforts to better the life of Palestine’s people, affirmed Al-Otaibi.

He indicated that recent global reports revealed that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was facing a great challenge in funding its various programs to help Palestinians due to Israeli policies.

The annual ‘Land Day’ celebration, which takes place on March 30, has a profound impact on the Israeli psyche that the only way to silence Palestinians would be through violence, said Al-Otaibi who called on Tel Aviv to abide by UNSC resolution 2334 concerning the respect of Palestinian land and the halt of settlement activities on Palestine’s soil.

To allow the Middle East peace process to go forward, Israel should also abide by all international laws concerning the situation in the occupied lands and this means that it should come to terms with the Palestinian aspirations for an independent state within the 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as the capital of the future country.

Kuwait’s stance on the most recent atrocities committed by Israel was met by positive reactions from the Palestinian representative at the UN Riyadh Mansour and Arab League representative Majed Abdulaziz.

UNSC permanent members China, Russia, and the UK, France, and the US had expressed concerns over the latest acts of violence in the Gaza Strip, calling for measures to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a justly manner to end the bloodshed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency