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West Asian Governments Take Assertive Stances Against Israeli Occupation

The responses to Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza from some of the West Asian countries have set an interesting pattern. These responses defy a decades long trend of muted opposition and behind the curtain compromises. More importantly, this is yet another indication of growing assertion and independence of these countries from US hegemony. Since the 1980s, the US was able to use its military and economic power to create a complete hegemony over the ruling classes in the West Asian region. The countries which maintained their independence were exceptions, such as Syria and Iran.

Arab Leaders: Foreign Interference In Arab World Must Come To An End

At the conclusion of the 32nd annual Arab League summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on 19 May, the regional bloc issued a joint declaration calling for an end to foreign interference in the region and reaffirming their support for Palestinian liberation. “We call for stopping foreign interference in the domestic affairs of Arab countries and categorically reject all support for the formation of armed groups and militias outside the scope of state institutions,” the joint statement reads. It also stressed that the Israeli occupation of Palestine remains “one of the key factors of stability in the region” and condemns “in the strongest terms the practices and violations targeting Palestinians in their lives, property and existence” while calling for the formation of a sovereign Palestinian state “on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Arab League Summit Reiterates Centrality Of Palestinian Cause

The Algiers Declaration issued at the conclusion of the two-day Arab League summit in Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, November 3, reiterated the centrality of the Palestinian cause and criticized Israel’s continued violations of international humanitarian laws and the blockade of Gaza. The resolution also vowed to protect the sites in Jerusalem from all kinds of Israeli aggression. The declaration acknowledges the “centrality of the Palestinian cause and full support for the rights of Palestinian people, including the right to freedom and self determination and the right to return.” It also talks about full adherence to the rights of Palestinian refugees as per UNGA resolution 194 of 1948. The League summit was attended by the heads of 16 of the total 22 member states, under the leadership of Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune.
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