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The General Delegation of the PLO to the US is dismayed at the recent New York police document that called for spying on the Palestinian community.

The Associated Press obtained a secret document from the New York Police Department (NYPD), calling for increased surveillance of the Muslim community and their mosques. In particular, the document singled out the Palestinian community. “The Palestinian community, although not Shi’a, should also be assessed due to presence of Hamas members and sympathizers and the group’s relationship with the Iranian government,” the document said.

The targeting of law-abiding American citizens and the transgression of their civil rights through racial profiling is very troubling to say the least. Had this act of surveillance targeted another religious or ethnic minority in the US, it would not have been tolerated. The Palestinian community has equal rights to religious freedom and privacy, and these rights must be respected and not transgressed.

The General Delegation of the PLO to the US urges the officials in New York City to stop illegitimate acts of surveillance against Palestinians, and to hold accountable all those responsible for recommending the spying orders.

Statement in PDF.