Abbas Condemns Forced Gaza Displacement in Phone Call with Biden; Pledge for Humanitarian Aid in Efforts

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 10/15/2023
In a recent phone conversation with US President Joe Biden, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his strong opposition to the forced displacement of Gaza's residents from their homes. This firm stance was confirmed by Abbas' office in an official statement.

According to a summary provided by the White House, President Biden has made a commitment to assist the Palestinian Authority in their endeavors to provide essential humanitarian aid to Gaza, which is under the control of Hamas.


The US president has stated that his administration has been collaborating with the United Nations, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the civilians in Gaza. However, it is important to note that Israel has made a commitment to withhold the provision of electricity, water, and food to Gaza until the hostages, who were captured by Hamas last Saturday, are released.

During a meeting in Amman, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his opposition to the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Abbas cautioned Blinken that complying with Israel's evacuation directive for north Gaza would result in a "second Nakba," drawing parallels to the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland by Israel through coercion between 1947 and 1948.

Also on Saturday, Biden spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pledging further material support to the Israel Defense Forces and telling the PM that “unity and determination” were needed to achieve Israel’s combat goals. According to a statement from his office, Netanyahu expressed gratitude towards his American counterpart.

The United States has made a consistent commitment to support Israel in its extensive response to the recent attack by Hamas. This attack resulted in the unfortunate loss of life for over 1,300 Israelis. The resulting Israeli bombing campaign – the heaviest in Gaza’s history – has killed upwards of 1,900 Palestinians and displaced over 430,000 inhabitants of the densely-populated territory. 


On Thursday, Israel issued an order for the evacuation of approximately 1.1 million residents residing in the northern region of Gaza. The order has faced criticism from the United Nations and various international human rights observers. These entities contend that the order can be classified as aggravated ethnic cleansing. Israel's actions are deemed justifiable self-defense by Washington and several European allies.


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