Abbas After Meeting UN's Ban: Palestinians Demand Their Rights

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the opening meeting of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, March 28, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that Palestinians demand their rights and want peace during a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah.

Abbas also rejected Netanyahu's accusations that the Palestinian president has "joined ISIS and Hamas" after accusing Israel of threatening the Al-Aqsa Mosque and called on Israel to strictly 

The meeting prior to the press conference was part of Ban's bid to promote moves that would restore calm following the violent escalation in recent weeks.

Abbas added that the Palestinian people hold the United Nations and its institutions responsible for the implementation of international law and called on the UN to assist Palestinian efforts in end the occupation and settlement construction, according to the resolutions of the international community.

He also noted that the Palestinian leadership will continue the process of acceding to international organizations.

Abbas' bureau has been in recent days preparing a report on Israeli violations and steps taken against Palestinians in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, Haaretz has learned. The file documents events in which Palestinians were killed by the Israeli security forces, as well as remarks made by Israeli officials.

The report alleges that unlike the Palestinians attackers who had committed the recent stabbings, Israeli settlers who are attacking Palestinians are doing so under the aegis of the State of Israel and its military.

The file details 200 incidents that were allegedly committed by settlers against Palestinians and their property in the past month, including the throwing of rocks and firebombs at Palestinians, cars and homes and trespassing.

According to the report, at least 46 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,850 were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces during some 18 demonstrations.

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