Qatar and Kuwait join condemnations of Ben Gvir and Smotrich for advocating displacement of Gazans

L-R: MKs Itamar Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich at a rally of their Religious Zionism party in the southern city of Sderot on October 26, 2022. (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP)
L-R: MKs Itamar Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich at a rally of their Religious Zionism party in the southern city of Sderot on October 26, 2022. (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP)

Qatar and Kuwait join the chorus of condemnations of two Israeli ministers calling for encouraging Palestinians to emigrate from the Gaza Strip.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir on Monday called for promoting “a solution to encourage the emigration of Gaza’s residents” and the re-establishment of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, a day after far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich made similar comments.

Qatar, which played a mediating role in the temporary truce between Israel and Hamas at the end of November, “condemned in the strongest terms” the comments made by the two ministers.

“The policy of collective punishment and forced displacement practised by the occupation authorities against the inhabitants of Gaza will not change the fact that Gaza is Palestinian land and will remain Palestinian,” reads a statement published by Qatar’s foreign ministry.

Kuwait warns against “Israeli plans to displace Gaza residents in particular, and the Palestinian people in general.”

The United States, France and the European Union have also denounced the comments.

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