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 (16 years), Saif (14 years) and Amr (11 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. All clients must make an appointment to sign their documents at the Delegation office in Washington or one of our designated Notary Publics,

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

 ٣. 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

29 April 2016

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The PLO Delegation Marks Palestine’s Prisoners’ day

The General Delegation of the PLO to the US joins the Palestinian people in Palestine and the Diaspora in marking Palestine’s Prisoners’ day. Prisoners Day has been commemorated annually on April 17th since 1974 to shed light on the plight of thousands of Palestinians who are incarcerated by Israel.

Since last October, Israel has arrested over 4,800 Palestinians, including 1,300 minors.  Israel currently holds around 7,000 Palestinians Prisoners, including more than 600 administrative detainees who are incarcerated without charge or trial and more than 400 children as young as 12 years old. Israel continues to subject Palestinian prisoners to humiliating and degrading measures through cruel treatment which includes: denial of access to lawyers and legal representation, deprivation of family visitation and psychological and physical torture.

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States reiterates its call for Israel’s systematic violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners to be stopped, and urges the international community and the United States to pressure Israel to respect international human rights and humanitarian law on the rights of prisoners.

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PLO Delegation to US Commemorates 68th Anniversary Of Deir Yassin Massacre

The General Delegation of the PLO to the US joins the Palestinian people in Palestine and the Diaspora in commemorating the 68th anniversary of the horrifying massacre of Deir Yassin.

 
On April 9th, 1948, two extremist Jewish militias, Irgun and Lehi, attacked the village of Deir Yassin on the outskirts of Jerusalem murdering over 100 Palestinians including women and children in cold blood. The attack occurred after Palestinian villagers had signed a peace pact with Jewish groups residing in surrounding areas. The Deir Yassin Massacre was part and parcel of a systematic plot to depopulate Palestinian villages and empty the land of its people. The massacres committed by Jewish militias in Deir Yassin and other villages led to decades of dispossession and displacement among Palestinians.

 
On this day, we honor and remember the sacrifices of those who were murdered in cold blood for hanging on to their rights and their land. Today, Palestinians continue to struggle under the burden of the Israeli occupation and its policy of land theft. Nonetheless, our commitment to our land and Palestinian heritage has only gotten stronger. No massacre or campaigns of killing in Palestine or elsewhere will deter us from pursuing our goals. Our people remain steadfast in their quest for freedom, sovereignty, and independence.

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PLO Delegation Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Palestinian Land Day

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States joins the Palestinian people in Palestine and the Diaspora in commemorating Palestine's 40th Land Day. On March 30, 1976, Israel announced plans to expropriate over 10,000 acres of land from Palestinian villages in the Galilee area. The Palestinians rose in the first act of mass, nonviolent resistance inside Israel to voice their strong opposition to the illegal expansionist practices by Israel. These peaceful protestors were met with violence by Israeli forces leaving six Palestinians dead, hundreds injured, and many more arrested.

Despite the objection of the Palestinian people as well as governments across the world, Israel continues its policy of confiscating Palestinian land in the occupied territories and in East Jerusalem, four decades after the original Land Day actions. The continued illegal Israeli settlement activity results in grave implications and seriously risks the prospects of peace in our region.

As we commemorate this occasion, the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States commends the Palestinian people for their steadfastness and unwavering commitment not only to their land, but also to their inalienable rights to independence and self-determination. No occupying power will manage to break our deep ties to our land and we will ceaselessly continue our efforts toward the creation of an independent Palestine.

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PLO Delegation Condemns Arson Attack Against Ibrahim Dawabsheh’s Home in Duma Village

The General Delegation of the PLO to the US strongly condemns the latest terrorist attack against Duma resident, Ibrahim Dawabsheh, the sole surviving witness of last July’s terrorist attack which left three members of the Dawabsheh family dead as a result of arson, including 18-month-old Ali.

Israeli settlers have committed such despicable crimes repeatedly without fear of prosecution, in fact Israel has yet to convict those responsible for the murders of Saad, Reham, and Ali Dawabsheh. These settlers have enjoyed decades of impunity and Israeli government’s averted eye to settler terrorism.

This attack is a dangerous escalation of violence and threatens to further stoke tensions between Palestinians and Israelis. The General Delegation of the PLO strongly condemns and denounces this atrocious terrorist attack and demands that the perpetrators be immediately apprehended and prosecuted for their crime. The Delegation also urges the International Community and the United States government to hold Israel accountable and responsible for settler terrorist attacks and heinous crimes and to take concrete actions to protect the Palestinian people living under occupation.

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PLO Delegation Congratulates Ms. Al-Hroub

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States would like to congratulate Ms. Hanan Al-Hroub for her outstanding achievement and winning the Varkey Foundation's 2016 Global Teacher's Prize.

About 8,000 teachers from all over the world had competed for the award, and Ms. Al-Hroub from Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, was announced the winner. Ms. Hanan Al-Hroub’s accomplishment is impressive for she overcame all the obstacles put forth by the Israeli Occupation.

 
The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States is very proud of Ms. Al-Hroub and congratulates her once more on this prestigious award.  

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incitement

Incitement Report March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

 

 

Violations Report January 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.

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

(Read the above report in Arabic)

Washington Scene Report March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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