The Ambassador

Ambassador Dr. Husam S. Zomlot is currently the Chief Representative of the Palestinian General Delegation to the United States. He also serves as strategic advisor to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas. The Ambassador’s previous official roles include serving as Ambassador-at-large for the Palestinian presidency, and Charge de Affairs of the Palestinian mission to the United Kingdom. He was recently elected to the Fatah council and director of its foreign relations commission. Previously, he was professor of public policy at Birzeit University and cofounded and chaired the Birzeit School of Government. He held teaching and research positions at Harvard University and the University of London. His professional experiences includes working as an economist for the United Nations, economic researcher at the London School of Economics and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London. He is married and has two children.

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

 


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


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

Palestine has a declaration that serves as an extension of the free trade agreement between US and Israel (1985) that allows the entrance of goods of both parties to their respective markets exempted from tariffs, which facilitates the entrance of Palestinian products to the US market. This declaration was signed in 1996 to open the door for Palestinian exports to enter a larger market, while traded products must meet the American Rule of Origin. https://www.paltrade.org/upload/agreements/USA.pdf

 

Palestine has a slowly and steadily growing economy. GDP in current US$ has grown from $2.84 billion in 1994 to $12.67 billion in 2015. This growth is mainly driven by the private sector’s resilience, persistence and passion for international exposure.

Check the enclosed brief about the four most important sectors that contribute to around 25% of Palestine’s GDP.

ICT is the fastest growing sector in Palestine. It leverages its growth by focusing on the huge and highly educated Palestinian labor pool, in addition to Palestine’s geographic proximity to high technology centers within the region. Sector highlights: 1. 100% digital telecommunication infrastructure that is entirely developed by the Palestinian private sector. 2. Palestine hosts more than 250 companies specialized in the field of information and communication technology. 3. The IT sector contribution is between 5-7% of the total Palestinian GDP. 4. $600 million is the net contribution of the ICT sector in the Palestinian market. 5. The market has over 3 million mobile phone subscribers, over 400 thousand fixed-line subscribers, in addition to 100 radio stations and local television stations, and 17 companies operating in the field of telecommunications, and Internet.
Tourism is a continuously growing sector that is able to attract foreign and domestic investments due to its cultural and religious diversity, as well as environmental and natural wealth. Sector highlights: 1. The estimated contribution of the tourism sector to Palestine’s GDP is 6%, which translates to about $348,917 million. 2. There are 6,258 tourism sector establishments providing jobs to 33,319 Palestinians. 3. According to Palestine’s Central Bureau of Statistics, 432 thousand tourists have visited Palestine in 2015. 4. Palestine is currently implementing hotel classification system, to meet international standards.
The stone and marble industry is considered the biggest industry in Palestine as measured by sales volume, employment rate, and total investment. Sector highlights: 1. The Stone and Marble sector represents 4.8% of the Palestinian GDP with an average annual sales of approximately $600 million. 2. Technology in use for about 85% of the sector is semi-automatic, and about 15% are automatic equipment. 3. 95% of the raw material come from local sources. 4. The sector succeeded in penetrating regional and international markets. 5. There are currently 1,124 Stone and Marble establishments which directly employ 25,000 workers. 6. Palestine’s stone industry ranked 12th globally.
Agriculture is one of the most important sectors for Palestine’s Economy. It contributes more than 6% to the national GDP and employs around 12% of the total Palestinian workforce. The agricultural land covers approximately 1.834 million acres that is cultivated with all kinds of vegetables and field crops, in addition to the groves of fruit trees. The unique location and historical presence of numerous civilizations in the region lead to a richness in biodiversity, where many types of natural vegetation and wildlife can now be found in Palestine. This sector is evolving rapidly. Olive oil remains Palestine’s largest exported product to the United States contributing to 38% of total exports to North America. However, Palestine also exports products such as medical plants, which witnessed a huge growth and are a great addition to existing export products of citrus, olives, tomatoes, spices, dates and fruits as well as roses and strawberries. Palestine can provide pesticide-free Medjool dates grown especially to meet the United States market requirements. While twenty two herbs are also produced and exported based on international standards, regulations and markets specifications.

 

 

 

For Questions Regarding Economic Affairs and Bilateral Trade:

Commercial Trade Representative
1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: +1 (202) 974-6360 Ext. 114
Fax: +1 (202) 974-6278
Email: Yasad@plodelegation.us

Resources

DNA

15 June 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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Ambassador's statement after Presidents Mahmoud Abbas and Donald Trump meeting on September 20,2017 at the sidelines of the UNGA

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met this morning in New York with his American counterpart President Donald Trump and his team. In a statement, the PLO General Delegation to the U.S., described the meeting as constructive, deep and frank. Ambassador Husam Zomlot said, “the meeting was forward-looking, and the conversation was deep and frank between the two allies.” President Abbas expressed commitment to supporting President Trump’s efforts to achieving lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis; he also commended efforts exerted by president Trump’s team.

President Abbas reiterated his commitment to peace with Israel, and to President Trump’s efforts to reach a final and comprehensive agreement. President Abbas explained to President Trump that peace can be achieved through implementing the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, and that the illegal Israeli settlements policy poses an immediate threat to the two-state solution, as well as peace in the Middle East. The two sides stressed the strategic American-Palestinian relationship, the urgency of the situation, and agreed to continue and deepen the engagement between the two sides.

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The PLO General Delegation has been following the situation of our community in Texas since the first day of hurricane Harvey.

The PLO Delegation has been following the situation of our community in Texas since the first day of hurricane Harvey. Amb. Dr. Husam Zomlot has been in constant communication with the leaders and representatives of our our community in Texas  check on their well-being of our community and to relay his instructions from H.E. President  Abbas to place all the Delegation's resources at their disposal. Praying for the safety of all our Palestinian community. The Delegation has designated a special emergency number 2026800792 for the use of our community in cases of emergency.

تتابع المفوضية العامة لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية لدى الولايات المتحدة أوضاع الجالية الفلسطينية في تكساس التي تتعرض خلال ال 48 ساعة الأخيرة لإعصار هارفي الخطير. وقام السفير د. حسام زملط بالتواصل مع قيادات وممثلي الجالية في أنحاء الولاية للاطمئنان على وضع جاليتنا في هذه الظروف الطارئة، وأوصل تعليمات السيد الرئيس محمود عباس بمتابعة التطورات ووضع كل إمكانيات السفارة تحت تصرف أبناء الجالية في ولاية تكساس، وتقديم كامل الإمكانيات المتاحة لمساعدتهم، متمنيا السلامة لجميع أبناء الجالية الفلسطينية.
وخصصت السفارة رقم طوارئ، داعية أبناء الجالية الاتصال على الرقم التالي2026800792 في حالة الطوارئ

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PLO Delegation Commemorates 41st 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 41st 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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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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Incitement Report March 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 March 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.

Our Address:

1732 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, D.C., 20007
+1 (202) 974-6360

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