The Tudeh Party of Iran resolutely condemns what President Donald Trump, alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unveiled on Tuesday 28 January 2020 as the “Deal of the Century” – supposedly the ultimate resolution of the Palestine issue – and regards it as a dangerous conspiracy to make official the permanent occupation of the lands of the Palestinian people by the racist regime of Israel.
This biased “agreement” – which was drawn up over the past two years without the participation of the people and political forces of Palestine and only with the participation of the Israeli side – violates international law and, more importantly, disregards all the international efforts over the past decades to solve the issue of the Palestinian nation and state, including the UN resolutions that recognise the fundamental rights of the Palestine nation. This is in fact an agreement that blatantly tramples upon the rights of the oppressed people of Palestine who have been living for more than 70 years under the harshest conditions in refugee camps in various countries, and in their own [dwindling] territory under the burden of the most inhumane sanctions as well as the surveillance of the Israeli police-military forces.
The Trump administration’s efforts to obliterate the rights of the Palestinians and to side with the right-wing and racist government of Netanyahu began with the unilateral actions he took contrary to international law and the resolutions of the UN and its Security Council, including: the announcement of Jerusalem as the sole capital of Israel and the transfer of the US Embassy there; the acceptance of the “legality” of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories; the cutting of US funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA); and the recognition of Israel’s annexation of the occupied Golan Heights from Syria.
In this new plan of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu – one of whom is being impeached by the US Congress for his abuse of power while the other has a hefty file of corruption and embezzlement [pending against him] in his country – additional areas of the West Bank of the River Jordan are given to Israel, and there is no word about the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland. This reactionary plot is another leap towards the outright dismissal of the right of the Palestinians to have their own sovereign country and state. The implementation of this plan – which has been rightfully opposed by the Palestinians and other nations of the region – not only does not resolve the Palestine issue, but will preserve the core of tensions in the Middle East. This plan has been opposed even in Israel itself by a significant portion of the population who showed their opposition through street protests and the slogan of “Don’t Make Apartheid Great Again.”
The Tudeh Party of Iran once again resolutely condemns this deliberate and inhumane transgression of the Trump administration and the racist government of Israel against the rights of the Palestinians to have their own sovereign and independent state, and urges all peace-loving forces in the region and the world as well as the defenders of the rights of the Palestinian people to raise their voices in sync with that of the oppressed people of Palestine against this ploy. It is prudent and imperative that all the governments and forces that advocate for peace, and that defend the rights of the Palestinian nation based on the resolutions and agreements made so far, express their solidarity in this critical moment with the struggle of the people of Palestine to achieve their rights and to enjoy a decent life in their homeland and country; make every effort to reveal the Trump-Netanyahu “Deal of the Century” [for what it is]; and to assist with the successful progressing of the Palestine cause.
The Tudeh Party of Iran
3 February 2020