Palestinian Government in Gaza held its weekly meeting No (334) on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, and concluded with the following statement:
Jewish Breakings into Al Aqsa
Palestinian Government denounces the continued breakings into Al-Aqsa Mosque, where 2,500 Jewish extremists entered the mosque since the beginning of 2014, and calls on the Palestinians in occupied West Bank to defend the holy site through staying up at the mosque.
Palestinian Government denounces the continued and accelerated pace of settlement construction and Judaization of occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, which rate has rose by 123 % in 2013. The government asserts that more negotiations with the occupation shall provide a cover for Israeli authority to build more settler houses, and calling for Palestinian Authority to withdraw from ‘peace process’.
The Palestinian government finds bizarre the Egyptian authorities’ continued, unjustified closure of the Rafah crossing which has lasted for 46 days since the onset of 2014; calls on the Egyptian authorities to respect humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law by opening the Rafah crossing and allowing about 10,000 travel applicants stranded in Gaza.
International Calls for Siege Break:
The Palestinian government hails the positions calling to break the unjust siege on the Gaza Strip, the latest of which was the statements of both Mr Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA and Mr Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, who called for breaking the longest siege marked over history and ‘assessing the legal status of the prolonged Israeli occupation’. Government emphasizes the need to translate all these statements into actions that lead to an urgent lift of the unjust blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian government stresses the need that the Arab nations keep to treat the Palestine Cause and Jerusalem as the central issue and the Arab leaders to assume their historical responsibilities in supporting the Palestinian struggle and steadfastness against occupation. Government calls on the Arab leaders to enforce the decisions of the previous summits, which call for breaking the brutal eight-year-long Gaza blockade, and to mediate with the Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah border crossing closed.
Political PA Arrests:
The government decries the increasing political arrests carried out by Palestinian Authority Security Services loyal to Fatah in the West Bank, the latest of which was against leader Nazih Abu Aoun, It demands the immediate release of all political prisoners in the West Bank.