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Prince William makes historical visit to Palestinian Territories

By Henry James - June 27, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Israeli government] [Mahmoud Abbas] [West Bank]

Prince William commenced the first official Royal family visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories since 1948, on Monday. 

Arriving in Tel Aviv, Prince William was welcomed by Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.
On Wednesday, he travels to Ramallah, the de facto capital in the occupied Palestinian Territories, where he will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
His schedule includes visiting young Palestinians for a celebration of culture, music and Palestinian food.
According to the British, this travel is without any political message, though it is occuring within a loaded context.
“The complex challenges in the region are of course well known. The non-political nature of His Royal Highness’s role – in common with all Royal visits overseas – allows a spotlight to be brought to bear on the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations, and their experiences,” the Royal Palace said in an official statement.
Prince William is not a political personality, but the official royal visits are organised by the demand of the government.
“The Duke hopes to meet as many people from as many walks of life as possible – and to use the spotlight that his visit will bring to celebrate their hopes for the future. During the visit, His Royal Highness will meet young entrepreneurs, view vibrant tech and media sectors, witness historic cultures being protected and interpreted for the 21st century, and meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds – including refugees – with a particular focus on young people,” the Palace official statement continued.
The Prince plans on visiting Palestinian refugee camps to see the ongoing issues they face.
People across Israel are denouncing the mention of East Jerusalem in the official program, as the visit placed the city in the “Occupied Palestine Territories.”
“The next day’s programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem's Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives,” it read.
“Jerusalem unified is the capital of Israel since more than 3000 years,” Israel’s Jerusalem Affairs Minister, Zeev Elkin wrote on Twitter in response.

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