Penalising Russia over the invasion of Ukraine while ignoring Israel’s “crimes” against Palestinians shows the West’s blatant “double standards,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken who is currently in Israel.
“The current events in Europe have shown blatant double standards.
“Despite the crimes of the Israeli occupation that amounted to ethnic cleansing and racial discrimination… we find no one who is holding Israel responsible for behaving as a state above the law,” he said.
Blinken is on a trip to Israel where he is meeting with Abbas and foreign ministers of Israel and four Arab countries that have normalised relations with Israel.
Blinken told Abbas Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made Washington so occupied that it spent less time overall on Middle East issues, according to AFP.
Blinken also pledged to maintain support for the Palestinians, pointing to continuing financial aid for development and $500m provided for humanitarian assistance in the past year.
“The United States is committed to rebuilding our relationship with the Palestinian Authority and with the Palestinian people,” he told Abbas
Secretary Blinken later on said in a statement: “I had a productive meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today to reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Palestinian relationship. The United States is committed to a two-state solution and the need to improve the quality of life for the Palestinian people.”