Trump’s attacks on Palestinians are “evil and unacceptable,” says human rights lawyer


On Sunday evening, President Trump tweeted,
“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and
Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its
citizens,” he said. Trump continued, “To the Gazan people — these
terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace — it
can happen!” Raji Sourani, your response? Well, I think Mr. Trump is the last one who
should speak about peace and who should speak about terrorism. And I think what he is doing against Palestinian
people, against Palestinians, goes against international law, international humanitarian
law. It is evil and unacceptable by all meanings
and standards. I don’t want to dig deep into history. I don’t want to go back to a year ago when
he promised Israel of having Jerusalem as its capital, which is totally illegal and
unacceptable by not Palestinians, but by international community and by international law. When his security advisor threatened—threatened—the
International Criminal Court prosecutors and judges and they gave a promise that they will
hold accountable any of them who take any decisions against U.S. or Israel for the war
crimes they are doing, and he expired their visas and promised to freeze their accounts
and take even further procedure against them. He is not the one who can talk about terrorism. He is doing, effectively, rule of jungle,
not the rule of law. And if he’s talking precisely about Gaza
and what had happened here, Israel do war crimes, crimes against humanity for the last
20 years or so. They are doing it in the daylight. It’s not we the Palestinian who are saying
that; it’s the Palestinian-Israeli international human rights organizations, and it’s the
U.N. bodies including Human Rights Council and the U.N. Commission of Inquiry who says Israel do war
crimes. And they are safe, and they are doing it once
and again, because they feel they are immune. Israel and its leaders feeling fully immune
because the American administration, especially the Trump administration, will provide them
with full legal, political immunities. They have a free hand. They are doing these things in the daylight,
they practice rule of jungle, and they are not held accountable at all.

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