RAMALLAH, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (WAFA) – Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, today said that the US dropping the term occupation from the occupied Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan Heights will not change the fact they are occupied territory as deemed by the United Nations and international law.
Abu Rudeineh said in a statement that the American decision to drop the status of occupation from the Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights is "a continuation of the hostile approach of the American administration toward our Palestinian people and is contrary to all UN resolutions."
He said, "These American titles will not change the fact that the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 and the occupied Arab Golan are territories under Israeli occupation in accordance with UN resolutions and international law."
This last decision "falls within the American scheme to pass the so-called ‘deal of the century‘ to liquidate the Palestinian cause. But regardless of the attempts and conspiracies, our Palestinian people led by the Palestine Liberation Organization and by President Mahmoud Abbas will remain steadfast and adhering to the national constants. Our national project will prevail until we reach our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital."
The US dropped from its annual human rights report any reference to the Palestinian territory or the Golan Heights as occupied territories.