China blasts Israel Minister denying Palestine existence – Middle East Monitor
China, on Wednesday, Israel’s Minister of Finance, Bezalel Smotrich, criticized the denial that the Palestinian people were there, saying it was “irresponsible”, Anadolu News Agency reports.
“It is wrong and irresponsible for the senior Israeli official to deny the existence of Palestinian people and to show the ‘map of Israel’ including Jordan and Palestinian areas occupied by Israel at an event in Paris,” Wang said Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In a speech on Sunday in Paris, Smotrich denied the existence of the Palestinian people, saying that the Palestinians were an “invention” from the last century and that people like himself and his grandparents were “real Palestinians”.
“There is no such thing as Palestinians because there is no such thing as the Palestinian people,” Smotrich said, prompting sharp reactions from the Palestinians, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the US, France and now, China.
“Such an action may raise Palestinian-Israeli tensions,” Wang said, according to the daily World Times.
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Palestine said it will demand that the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest Smotrich for his denial of the existence of the Palestinian people.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Smotrich’s remarks “irresponsible” and “inflammatory”.
“We ask the ICC to immediately issue an arrest warrant against this racist terrorist who violated all the rules by his statements,” the Ministry said on Tuesday.
Washington strongly criticized Smotrich’s denial of the Palestinian people’s existence on Tuesday, calling them “dangerous” and “inaccurate”.
“The Palestinians have a rich history and culture, and the United States values our partnership with the Palestinian people,” State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.
The minister delivered the incendiary remarks from a podium decorated with a map depicting a “greater Israel,” which included the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan.
Amman strongly criticized Smotrich for using the image, saying it was a violation of the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan.
Addressing the image, Patel said the map is “inaccurate and provocative”.
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