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PLO denounces endorsement by US officials of annexation of occupied territory.

RAMALLAH, Monday, June 17, 2019 (WAFA) - The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly denounced today endorsement by senior United States officials of Israel's annexation of occupied Palestinian territory.

"The public endorsement of Israel's annexation of occupied Palestinian and Syrian territory by the US Ambassador (David Friedman) to Israel and the so-called Middle East envoy (Jason Greenblatt) reflect (US President Donald) Trump administration's determined steps to undermine and circumvent the requirements of peace in the region," said Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO's Executive Committee. "They also mirror the administration's abject disregard for international law and the United Nations Charter. This is an extension of the Trump administration's endorsement of the Israeli theft of the occupied capital of Palestine, Jerusalem, then the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, by way of annexation."

The PLO official stressed in a statement that annexation is an illegal act and a violation of international law.

"Annexation is an illegal act that strikes at the heart of the international rules-based system, requiring the unequivocal condemnation and rebuke of the international community. Endorsing this multi-faceted crime makes this administration complicit in this crime, which is founded in the racist colonial attitude that excuses and empowers Israel in its colonial endeavor to annex the remainder of the occupied Palestinian territory and crush the inalienable rights of Palestinians to self-determination and freedom through political bullying and extortion."

Ashrawi said the Palestinian leadership "unequivocally condemns these illegal and irresponsible positions by these senior US administration officials, whose affiliations to the fundamentalist, extremist, and racist rightwing in Israel are unquestionable,' calling "on all responsible international actors to confront the dangerous ramifications of the reckless behavior by the US administration, which threatens to plunge the region and world into chaos and instability by normalizing grave violations of international law like annexation and land grab."

She stressed that "all realities resulting from the illegal act of annexation are null and void and of no binding legal significance. The Palestinian people and leadership will continue to work with responsible international partners to protect the region from further chaos and instability, defend the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, as well as the standing and relevance of international law."

M.K.

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Date:Jun 17, 2019
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