The PLO Delegation Condemns the Killing of Hamad Romanim

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June 26th, 2015

The Israeli Occupation forces killed Hamad Jumaa Romanim today, a Palestinian man, at a military checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley. In recent days, the Israeli Army has

returned to a happy trigger of open fire as evident by today’s killing of Hamad Romanim. Allowing Israeli soldiers to open fire at will under pretexts is a dangerous escalation of violence.

Furthermore, Israel behaves with impunity due to the position of the international community, especially the United States, which does not hold Israel accountable to its actions. The United States’ efforts by the administration and congress attempt to gloss Israel’s Human rights violations as evident in the most recent 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices published by the State Department.

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States calls upon the United States to stop shielding Israel and demand holding Israel and its occupation forces accountable to their actions.

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The PLO Delegation Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia and France

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June 26th, 2015

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States strongly condemns the recent terrorist attacks on Kuwait City in Kuwait, Sousse in Tunisia and Lyon in France.

These barbaric actions targeting worshipers at a Shiite Mosque in Kuwait City, innocent tourists at a beach in the town of Sousse and workers at a factory in Lyon, highlight the urgency of uniting efforts to confront and defeat these forces of extremism.

The General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S.  extends its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those who were wounded a speedy recovery.

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The PLO Delegation denounces attacks on Churches in Tabgha and Charleston

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June 18th, 2015

The General Delegation of the PLO to the US strongly condemns the attack on the historic Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha in Israel. This is a price tag attack of habitual hostility and disregard for religious freedoms. The Israeli government, which in the past has failed to hold perpetrators accountable or to punish them for their attacks, must abide by international law and provide protection for religious and holy sites under its control. The international community must pressure the Israeli government to apprehend those responsible and punish them for their actions.

It is coincidental that yesterday another heinous and more horrible attack against the Emanuel AME Church, a historical African-American church in Charleston, SC took place where nine people were murdered and three people were wounded, in what the authorities described as a hate crime. The General Delegation of the PLO strongly opposes this attack  and expresses sympathy with the families of those victims.

Attacks against holy and religious sites must not be tolerated neither in Charleston,South Carolina, nor in Tabgha, Israel. The whole world should stand united against those who try to fuel hate, racism and religious conflict.

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Palestinians Commemorate the 48th Anniversary of the 1967 War

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June 5th, 2015

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States joins the rest of the Palestinian people in commemorating the forty-eighth anniversary of Al-Naksah, “The 1967 War,” with somber reflection. On this day in 1967, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) came under Israeli military occupation. It is the last remaining colonial occupation in modern history, an insufferable transgression of basic human rights by any account, to persist thus far. Today’s commemoration salutes our people who have endured this brutal subjugation for decades while persevering in the struggle for freedom and statehood.

For the Palestinians, the 1967 War was termed Al-Naksah, “the Setback,” to describe what had befallen us, a short 19 years after the Nakba, “the Catastrophe.” Within a few months of the 1967 War, the Israeli authorities confiscated large tracts of Palestinian land to establish Israeli settlements, as well as restricted Palestinians’ access to land and other vital resources. In addition, this policy succeeded in curtailing the Palestinians’ most basic human rights rendering it an occupation of dispossession and violent control that continues to this day.

The policies and actions performed by the Israeli government are in direct contrast with its claim of commitment to the establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. To this day, we, Palestinians, remain steadfast and resilient in the  struggle for justice and sovereignty. Palestinians continue to challenge the occupation and move forward by building the institutions of the prospective Palestinian state while incessantly engaging in international diplomacy to achieve liberation.

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States reaffirms its commitment to the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people for freedom and dignity and the establishment of a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with all its neighbors. On this day, we salute our martyrs, our prisoners, and all our people, and hope to commemorate this day next year in the independent State of Palestine.

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