By Gozde Bayar
ANKARA (AA) – The Palestinian envoy to Turkey thanked Saturday everyone who supported the people of Palestine.
"On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we thank all states, governments, organizations and people who expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people, supported their struggle and strengthened them in their most difficult days,” Palestinian Ambassador to Turkey Faed Mustafa said in a statement.
Mustafa also hailed the Republic of Turkey, especially President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for their support to the rights of freedom and independence of the Palestinian people.
He also thanked Turkey's Foreign Ministry, Grand National Assembly, political parties, civil society organizations and the Turkish people for showing solidarity with the rightful cause.
In 1977, the UN General Assembly called for the annual observance of Nov. 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Underlining that the Palestinian people have experienced trials and tribulations for more than 72 years, he said they have not given up fighting for their rights which are recognized by international law.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected the two-state solution and continued to annex occupied territories, he said.
Netanyahu did his best to change the identity and status of the capital, eastern Jerusalem, enacted fascist laws, and isolated Gaza from the rest of the country and the world by imposing a blockade on the city, Mustafa said.
He also rejected US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocated the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- occupied by Israel since 1967 -- might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.