Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, warned Sunday of the upcoming phase following the American President’s decision to consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to legitimize the occupation of the Syrian Golan, stressing that “what is taken by force, or granted, cannot be recovered but by unity and resistance.”
Berri’s words came in his delivered speech this afternoon at the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference held in the Qatari capital, Doha.
“There are a lot of pressing issues in the Middle East, which we cannot ignore, foremost of which is President Trump’s decision to consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and now his decision of American legislation for Israel’s occupation and breach of the Syrian Golan Heights,” he said.
The Speaker considered it the Union’s responsibility “to condemn the use of live sniper bullets by Israel to kill children, women and old people, and protesting men demanding the right of return, in addition to the policy of house demolitions, the displacement of families and stripping them of their ID cards at Israeli checkpoints, the establishment of settlement belts around Jerusalem, the construction of dozens of settlements in the Palestinian territories, the transfer of the rest of the Palestinian areas to a large prison, in addition to dozens of detention centers…”
“These Israeli crimes resemble the hands of crime that bombed the Abbassiya Mosque in southern Lebanon in 1978, and the two Qana massacres by Israeli artillery batteries in 1996 and Israeli warplanes against civilians in 2006,” deemed Berri, declaring herein his support for the proposal made by the Arab Group.
It is to note that Speaker Berri’s speech was highly appreciated by conferees, on which a number of heads of Arab councils congratulated him.
During yesterday’s opening session, the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, stressed in his address the importance of investment and education to achieve development. He asserted that “ignorance raises intolerance and that there is no justice without the rule of law.” He also called for “adherence to international law,” noting that “the differences in our systems do not exempt us from the obligation to respect human rights,” underlining the “role of parliamentary diplomacy in promoting dialogue.”
For her part, IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Baron spoke in her address of “peace and respect for the law”, referring to “the increasing number of terrorist acts that trigger concern for the security situation.”
Source: National News Agency