The Ambassador

Maen Rashid Areikat was born October 12, 1960 in Jericho in occupied Palestine. Prior to his appointment to Washington, he was bestowed the rank of Ambassador by Chairman of the PLO and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Ambassador Areikat served for 11 years at the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the PLO in Ramallah, most recently as its Deputy Head and Coordinator-General (2008- 2009). Ambassador Areikat first joined NAD in 1998, when it was headed by current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and served as Director-General until March 2008. In addition to overseeing NAD’s day-to-day operations, Ambassador Areikat was responsible for overseeing the work of the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU), which provided legal, policy, communication and technical support to Palestinian Negotiating Teams and to the Palestinian Leadership. Prior to his service at NAD, Areikat worked at the Orient House (1993-1998), the headquarters of the PLO in Jerusalem and of the Palestinian Negotiating Team for the Madrid peace talks. While at the Orient House, he served as spokesperson for the late Mr. Faisal Husseini, the former PLO Executive Committee member in charge of Jerusalem Affairs, and later as Desk Officer for the U.S., Canada, Australia, and South Africa in the Orient House’s International Relations Department. As Chief Representative, Areikat took part in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at Beit Hanoun/Erez in Gaza and Taba in Egypt in 1996, in Jerusalem in 1997, and was an official member of the Palestinian delegation at the Wye River negotiations in 1998. In the course of his career, Ambassador Areikat has traveled extensively throughout the region and abroad, including numerous official visits to Washington, D.C., and several European capitals. He has also participated in various conferences and symposiums on the Middle East peace process and the PalestinianIsraeli conflict. Ambassador Areikat earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1983 and his MBA in management from Western International University in 1987. He received his diplomatic training at the Ministry of External Affairs in Ottawa, Canada in 1993 and 1994, and completed a training course in good governance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001. Ambassador Areikat is joined in Washington, D.C., by his wife, Jumana, and their three boys, Rashid (17 years), Saif (15 years) and Amr (12 years).

Consular Affairs

General Power of Attorney Instructions

  1. Powers of Attorney must be signed in front of a Notary Public,

  2. Send $100 money order payable to (CASH),

  3. Send a photocopy of your passport,

  4. Send a return envelop with stamps and your address,

  5. General Powers of Attorney must NOT include the right to sell property,

  6. General Powers of Attorney must state: “This instrument does not include the right to sell or otherwise dispose of land or real property.”

To download the General Power of Attorney form, CLICK HERE.

Durable Power of Attorney Instructions

Changes for Real Estate, Land, and General Power Power of Attorney:

  1. Transfer or sale of land and real-estate can be done by Durable Power of Attorney only,

  2. The fees for certifying a Durable Power of Attorney are $150

  3. All clients must make an appointment to sign their documents at the Delegation office in Washington or one of our designated Notary Publics,

  4. Durable Powers of Attorney will only be certified after verifying ownership of the land mentioned in the POA.

Acceptable documents verifying ownership:

  1. Land deed showing that signatory in fact owns shares in the property issued within a month of signing,

  2. Land deed and Inheritance statement showing that signatory inherited shares in the property,

  3. Clear legible copies of original documents must be available at time of signing.

To download the Durable Power of Attorney form, CLICK HERE.

NGO and Corporate Registration Process

Below is a brief outline of the requirements for certifying documents relating to NGOs, Corporations, and Trademark documents as well as the processing fees involved.

  1. Internal Revenue Service Letter: This letter outlines the institutions 501(C) statues and is only required for Nonprofit institutions registration. For-profit corporation must certify the last year’s financial statement as provided by Certified Public Accountants.

    A. Clear and legible copies of this document are acceptable, B. Processing fees for this document are: $100 for nonprofits, and $200 for a For-Profit institution.
  2. Letter of Intent and Agency: A letter signed by an authorized official or a board resolution, stating the institution’s intent to conduct business in the Palestinian Territories and authorizing an agent or a representative to conduct the institution’s affairs, including the completion of the registration process.

    A. This document must be notarized by a notary public and certified by the Secretary of the relevant State as well as the Department of State in Washington D.C., B. Processing fees for this document are: $100 for Nonprofit organizations, and $200 for a For-Profit organization.
  3. Articles of Incorporation: This is a document produced by the State and shows that the organization was appropriately registered.

    A. Copies of the Articles of Incorporation on file with the State registration agency are acceptable if issued by the relevant State registration agency. B. Copies from corporate files are acceptable if notarized as true original copies and certified by the Secretary of the relevant State as well as the Department of State in Washington D.C., C. Processing fees for this document are: $100 for Nonprofit organizations, and $200 for a For-Profit organization.
  4. Bylaws: These are the internal laws that govern the institution. Contents of the bylaws may include the date of the fiscal year of the institution, the institutions mission statement, board meeting frequency, voting quorum etc.

    A. Copies of the bylaws on file with the State registration agency are acceptable if issued by the relevant State agency. B. Copies from corporate files are acceptable if notarized as true original copies and certified by the secretary of the relevant state as well as the Department of State in Washington D.C., C. Processing fees for this document are : $100 for Nonprofit organizations, and $200 for a For-Profit organization.

Passport Renewal Process

Unfortunately the PLO Delegation in Washington does not renew passports. The Delegation’s role in this process is limited to certifying a Power of Attorney. The person named in the Power of Attorney must renew the passport at the Ministry of Interior in Palestine. You must send the certified Power of Attorney, passport photos and the expired passport, or a certified copy of the passport to the person named in the Power of Attorney to complete the renewal process.

To certify a passport powers of attorney please follow these instructions:

  1. Print and fill out the Power of Attorney form,

  2. Sign the documents in front of Notary Public,

  3. Send 4 pictures with blue color background,

  4. Send money order of $50 payable to (CASH),

  5. Mail to the following address:

PLO Delegation 1732 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C., 20007

To ensure speedy delivery include express mail envelope with your address and stamps.

To download the Power of Attorney CLICK HERE. To download the Power of Attorney for minors CLICK HERE.

Notary Publics

George Saba (جورج سابا)   12958 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI 48126 313 215 1780
Fuad Ateyeh (فؤاد عطيه) 200 Valencia street San Francisco California 94103 (415) 990 2500
Samir Farhat (سمير فرحات) 3132 Julington Creek Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 904 705 8293
Ahamd Alahmad (احمد الاحمد) 501 N. Brookhurst #150 Anaheim, CA 92801 (714) 803 0038
SAAD MALLEY (سعد معالي) 4712 West 63rd Street Chicago, IL 60629 (708) 205 2030


YOUSIF MAREI (يوسف مرعي) 4435 North Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60630 (773) 879 9229


GHASSAN BARAKAT (غسان بركات) 7372 W. 87th Street Bridgeview, IL 60455 (312) 671 4787

Mazen Atieh (مازن عطيه) 3179 Fondren Rd Houston, TX 77063 (832) 512 8848
Awni Abu Hdba (عوني أبوهدبة) 388 Lake View Avenue Clifton, NJ 07011 (973) 464 2283

شؤون قنصلية

إرشادات تعبئة الوكالات العامة

١. تصديق الوكالة من كاتب العدل

٢. يمكن تصديق أي وكالة من قِبلنا إن كانت باللغة العربية او الانجليزية

(cash) ٣. إرسال حوالة نقدية بقيمة 100$ واجب الدفع إلى

٤. إرفاق مغلف عودة عليه طوابع وعنوان المستلم ورقم الهاتف

:لا يجوز إستخدام الوكالة العامة لغرض نقل ملكية العقارات ويجب أن تشمل الوكالة النص التالي

“يستثنى من أحكام هذه الوكالة بيع وفراغ الأراضي والأموال غير المنقولة”

لتحميل نص الوكالة إضغط هنا 

إرشادات تعبئة الوكالات الدورية والعقارية

١. يتم بيع أو تنازل عن العقارات بموجب وكالة دورية فقط

٢ رسوم تصديق الوكالة الدورية $150

٣. يرجى الإتصال وتحديد موعد للحضور شخصيا إلى مكتب المفوضية بواشنطن، أو أحد مكاتب كتاب العدل المعتمدين للتوقيع وإتمام المعاملة

٤. يتم تصديق الوكالة الدورية بعد إثبات الملكية

:وثائق إثبات الملكية

١. سند تسجيل عقار من دائرة الأراضي عليه إسم الموكِل صادر منذ أقل من شهر قبل التوقيع

٢. سند تسجيل عقار من دائرة الاراضي عليه إسم المورث ووثيقة حصر إرث

٣. يجب أن تكون صور إثباتات الملكية واضحة ومقروءة

٤. في حال عدم إمكانية الحضور في واشنطن، يرجى توقيع الوكالات من قبل أحد كتاب العدل المعتمدين

لتحميل نص الوكالة إضغط هنا

إرشادات تعبئة وكالة جواز السفر

بعثة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية إلى واشنطن ليس  لديها صلاحية تجديد أو إصدار جواز سفر. يختصر دور السفارة على تصديق وكالة تجديد جواز السفر و يقوم الشخص الموكل في فلسطين بتجديد الجواز من قبل وزارة الداخلية. يجب إرسال التوكيل المصدق من قبل السفارة وصور شخصية والجواز المنتهي أو صورة مصدقة منه للوكيل ليقوم بإجرائات التجديد

:لتصديق توكيل خاص من قبل السفارة إتبع التعليمات التالية

١. طباعة و تعبئة الوكالة الخاصة

٢. توقيع الوثائق أمام كاتب العدل

٣. إرسال أربع صور بخلفية زرقاء اللون

٤. إرفاق مغلف عودة عليه طوابع و عنوان و رقم هاتف المستلم

(cash) ٥. إرسال حوالة نقدية بقيمة 50$ واجب الدفع إلى

:٦. أرسل المعاملة إلى العنوان

PLO Delegation 1732 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20007

لتحميل نص الوكالة لمن هم فوق السن القانوني إضغط هنا لتحميل نص الوكالة لمن هم دون السن القانوني إضغط هنا

 كتاب العدل المعتمدين من قبل بعثة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية في واشنطن

George Saba (جورج سابا)

12958 Michigan Ave.

Dearborn, MI 48126

313 215 1780

Fuad Ateyeh (فؤاد عطيه)

200 Valencia street

San Francisco California 94103

(415) 990 2500

Samir Farhat (سمير فرحات)

3132 Julington Creek Rd.

Jacksonville, FL 32223

904 705 8293

Ahamd Alahmad (احمد الاحمد)

501 N. Brookhurst #150

Anaheim, CA 92801

(714) 803 0038

SAAD MALLEY (سعد معالي)

4712 West 63rd Street

Chicago, IL 60629

(708) 205 2030


YOUSIF MAREI (يوسف مرعي)

4435 North Elston Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

(773) 879 9229


GHASSAN BARAKAT (غسان بركات)

7372 W. 87th Street

Bridgeview, IL 60455

(312) 671 4787

Mazen Atieh (مازن عطيه)

3179 Fondren Rd

Houston, TX 77063

(832) 512 8848

Awni Abu Hdba

388 Lake View Avenue

Clifton, NJ 07011

(973) 464 2283

Resources

DNA

23 March 2017

The Daily News & Analysis is a daily brief of local and international news stories concerning Palestine. Using a wide range of resources, the Daily News & Analysis offers a variety of perspectives and gathers the latest developments in a single document.

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The PLO Delegation to the US Remembers the Israeli Killing of American Activist Rachel Corrie

March 16th, 2017 marked the 14th anniversary of the Israeli killing of American activist Rachel Corrie in Rafah, south of the Gaza strip. Rachel Corrie, who came to Rafah from Olympia, Washington, was an American peace activist connected to the International Solidarity Movement who had worked very hard to prevent Israeli demolitions of Palestinian houses in Rafah. Two months into her campaign, she was killed when an IDF armored bulldozer deliberately ran over her.

On this occasion, we remember Rachel Corrie and all those who have died to protect our human rights and call on the international community and the United States to stop shielding Israel and its repeated crimes and perpetual human rights violations.

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Ambassador Areikat Welcomes President's’ Abbas-Trump Telephone Call

In a statement issued by the General Delegation of the PLO to the US, Chief Representative Maen Rashid Areikat welcomed the telephone conversation that took place between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump.

“We hope that this conversation will signal the start of a constructive and fruitful engagement between the two sides. The Palestinian side stands ready to work with the United States to advance the cause of a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East that would lead to an end to the Israeli military Occupation and the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State that lives side-by-side with Israel in peace and security,” Ambassador Areikat said.

Ambassador Areikat added, “The role of the United States, in conjunction with the efforts of the international community, is important to reach an acceptable agreement between Israelis and Palestinians based on UN resolutions, international law, and previous agreements.”

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PLO Delegation Commemorates the 23rd Anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States joins Palestinians all over the world in commemorating the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre that occurred on this day, twenty-three years ago (February 25, 1994). The massacre took place when an American-born Israeli military physician brutally murdered 29 worshippers and injured over 150 more as they prayed in Hebron on an early Ramadan morning.

Rather than generating positive change, the massacre led to restriction of movement for Palestinians living in Hebron, as well as the closure of Palestinian shops and the creation of zones of the city exclusively for Israeli settlers. More than 20 years later, tragic acts of violence against the Palestinian people persist, with an alarming amount of settler attacks that go relatively unpunished by the Israeli military.

On this somber occasion, the General Delegation calls upon the international community and international bodies to hold Israel responsible, as well as accountable, for its ongoing violations of humanitarian rights and international law. Attacks on the Palestinian people, such as the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, must not be disregarded or forgotten by the world. The Palestinian people, with the support of the General Delegation, continue in their steadfastness and determination to pursue justice through all diplomatic and nonviolent means.

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The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States Condemns Israeli Collusion with Settlement Movement

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States strongly condemns the Israeli government’s collusion with the settlement movement, Amana, as well as the Knesset’s first reading of the “Muezzin Bill”.

  • The settlement movement, Amana, which operates on an ideological objective to illegally annex and settle the Palestinian Occupied Territory with settlers has obtained loans from the Israeli government to expand its illegal settlement enterprise on privately owned Palestinian property. This is a clear indication of the settlement agenda maintained by the current far-right Israeli government that is aimed at undermining any attempt to revive the peace process and completely destroying the two-state solution.
  • The Israeli Knesset’s first reading of the “Muezzin Bill” prohibits mosques from calling to prayer. This is further testimony of the discriminatory practices that the Israeli government imposes on other religions and exposes their claims of providing religious freedom to non-Jews.

We call on the international community including the United States to stop Israel’s illegal settlement activities and confiscation of Palestinian land. We also call on the Israeli government to abide by international law and conventions which guarantee freedom of religion for all.

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The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States strongly denounces Israel’s adoption of the “Regularization Law”

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States strongly denounces Israel’s adoption of the “Regularization Law” which allows Israel to retroactively legalize privately owned Palestinian land for building illegal Israeli settlements.

The law aims to illegally annex Palestinian property, while giving license to settlers to grab land in the West Bank under the notion that it is Israeli land and will be used to build settlements. This comes shortly after last week’s recent announcement that Israel will begin construction on 6000 settlement units in the West Bank. This law blatantly disregards the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court which considers illegal settlement activities a war crime and flagrantly violates international law and UN conventions, including the recent UN resolution 2334. Adoption of this law is a clear sign that Israel is not interested in committing to the two-state solution nor in bringing about peace and stability to the region.

It is crucial that the international community, including the United States, hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and put an end to its system of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and the occupation of the Palestinian people.

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incitement

Incitement Report February 2017

 

 

 

 

 

In order to facilitate an environment that’s conducive for peace and security, it is important to mitigate factors that contribute to keeping both Palestinians and Israelis from achieving progress. Incitement is one of those factors. In this respect, the Palestinian Authority has undertaken initiatives that curb and diminish incitement against Israel; By 2006, the Palestinian Ministry of Education revised textbooks to ensure the removal of incitement. Additionally, President Abbas has repeatedly called for the activation of the trilateral incitement monitoring committee that was stipulated in the Wye River Memorandum of 1998. In an effort to urge the Israeli government to condemn and redress incitement against Palestinians, this report highlights major incidents of Israeli incitement in public, media, and governmental spheres that occurred during the month. In addition, this report traces Israeli actions and policies, even if not verbal, that amount to incitement. In fact, Israeli incitement, whether from official bodies or the public, happens mostly through wrong-doing rather than bad-mouthing. Finally, incitement is a symptom and a consequence of Israel’s prolonged military occupation and therefore, to eradicate incitement, it is vital to address its root cause: the occupation.

Previous Reports

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015    

Violations Report September 2016

 

 

 

The Israeli military occupation of Palestine has systematically eroded respect for the basic human rights of Palestinians. The result is a pervasive culture of impunity and a cycle of violence. This report highlights Israeli violations that occurred during the month throughout Palestine and provides a window to life under military occupation.

May 2016 Violations Report

Special Report: Israel’s Aggression Against Occupied Palestine between September 13 – March 1 

(Read the above report in Arabic)

Washington Scene Report February 2017

 

 

 

Staff members of the PLO Delegation are keen on attending key events in the capital that relate to Palestine and the Middle East. This bulletin offers a brief summary of these important conversations that take place in academic and policy circles. The views expressed in these events and reported here do not necessarily represent the views of the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States.

Previous Reports March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 October 2015

                  Congressional Affairs Intern Responsibilities:

 

 

 

  • Work with the Congressional Affairs Director to better mobilize the Hill around Palestinian issues;
  • Research potential allies for the Palestinian mission to connect with;
  • Attend and report on events in Washington on behalf of the Palestinian Delegation;
  • Assemble and deliver informational packets to Hill offices;
  • Update a database of congressional and government contacts;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Ability to work under pressure in a stressful, fast-paced environment;
  • Interest in Middle Eastern affairs, specifically Palestine;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Hill experience and strong interpersonal skills are a plus;
  • Full time applicants are preferred.

Supervision: The Congressional Affairs Intern will report directly to the Congressional Affairs Director, with duties assigned from other departments as relevant.


  Media Affairs Intern Responsibilities:

  • Fact-checking important press releases, official statements, and positions briefings;
  • Assist in preparing talking points on relevant topics;
  • Collecting and synthesizing daily news about Palestine;
  • Verifying contact information of press, embassies, and heads of NGOs;
  • Receiving/summarizing media requests received alongside the Media Affairs

Department;

  • Assist in managing the Delegation’s social media platforms;
  • Work with the Office of Public Affairs on a regularly published events calendar;
  • Attend events on behalf of the Palestinian Delegation;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Ability to work under pressure in a stressful, fast-paced environment;
  • Interest in Middle Eastern affairs, specifically Palestine;
  • Strong writing and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is not a requirement but a plus;
  • Full time applicants are preferred.

Supervision: The Media Affairs Intern reports directly to the Media Affairs Department, with duties assigned from other departments as relevant.


Public Affairs Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Public Affairs Officer with developing new relationships with NGOs, universities, and religious institutions around Palestinian issues;
  • Assist the Public Affairs Officer in planning speaking engagements and other events for the Ambassador;
  • Attend and report on events in Washington on behalf of the Palestinian Delegation;
  • Update database of contacts with members of organizations across the US;
  • Produce a weekly calendar of Palestine-related events for internal distribution;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Ability to work under pressure in a stressful, fast-paced environment;
  • Interest in Middle Eastern affairs, specifically Palestine;
  • Excellent research and writing capabilities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is not a requirement but a plus;
  • Full time applicants are preferred.

Supervision: The Public Affairs Intern will report directly to the Public Affairs Officer, with duties assigned from other departments as relevant. Contact: To apply for this position, please send your application materials (resume, cover letter, and at least two references) to nali@plodelegation.us as soon as possible. Applications for the Fall 2016 cycle of internships will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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