The Orient House





11 October 2001


Statement by the Orient House following Briefing with the Diplomatic Corps


In an effort to support and foster the existing relationship, a Palestinian delegation of Jerusalemite personalities met with representatives of all East Jerusalem Consulates and other foreign representatives on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at the conference room of Augusta Victoria Hospital. The Palestinian delegation, which was headed by Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, included Dr. Emil Jarjou’ai, Issa Kassassieh, Dr. Manuel Hasasian, PLC Member Ahmad Hashem Zighayer and Mr. Adnan Husseini. All European governments with consular representation in East Jerusalem as well as the American Consul General reiterated the common consensus that East Jerusalem is regarded as an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories and therefore Israeli actions aimed at asserting sovereignty in East Jerusalem are deemed null and void. Moreover, the diplomatic corps expressed its condemnation of Israeli policies in East Jerusalem, especially the continuing settlement activities in Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa) and Ras-Al-Amoud, as well as the prolonged illegal closure of Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem, including the Orient House. The Orient House maintains its strong conviction that continuous international support is needed in order to uphold and support legitimate Palestinian rights in East Jerusalem.


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