New York governor Cuomo invited to visit Palestinian territories on trip to Israel

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The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations has invited New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators who are heading to Israel this week to visit the Palestinian territories and experience "all sides of the conflict, not just one."

Ambassador Riyad Mansour said in a letter to Cuomo on Tuesday obtained by The Associated Press that the delegation's visit to express "solidarity" only with Israel will encourage the Israelis' belief that their "military aggression" in Gaza and illegal denial of basic freedoms to the Palestinians are justified.

"The responsible action would be to visit the Palestinian people and their leadership too and to see first-hand the wider context of this conflict, and the heavy toll it is taking on innocent Palestinian civilians across the occupied Palestinian territory," Mansour said.