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PLO welcomes Arab League activation of financial aid to help Palestine

April 1, 2019 10:20 A.M. (Updated: April 1, 2019 3:35 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) welcomed the Arab support for Palestine, particularly the activation of the financial safety net, to enable Palestine to overcome both the United States and Israeli political and financial blackmail, on Monday.

Arab leaders concluded the Arab League Summit, on Sunday, held in Tunis City, during which they reaffirmed strong support for Palestine both politically and financially.

Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee Member, said in a statement on behalf of the PLO, “The Palestinian leadership welcomes the Arab League's activation of the financial safety net to help Palestine overcome the debilitating financial strains caused by Israel's illegal piracy of Palestinian tax revenues.”

She noted, “We also welcome the reaffirmed Arab League's rejection of Israel's illegal actions, especially in relation to the illegal settlement regime. We also highly value the unanimous Arab position rejecting the illegal policies of the Trump Administration regarding occupied Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights.”

The PLO official stressed, “There is no doubt that irresponsible US policies and actions have encouraged the Israeli political establishment, which is overrun by rightwing, racist, and hostile actors, to exercise unchecked violence against the Palestinian people and their inalienable rights, including their rights to life, freedom, and natural resources. The rightwing Israeli government has been enabled to escalate its grave violations of international law by the brazen complicity of the US administration, which has taken unprecedented steps to support and legitimize Israel's illegal colonial occupation and annexation of Palestinian and Syrian land.”

She reiterated Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' urgent call to Arab and world leaders to defend international law and endorse the proposed Palestinian multilateral plan to achieve peace in the region, in line with international law.

Ashrawi concluded, “We reiterate that peace cannot be divorced from respect for the law and the realization of justice, both of which require active accountability. This principle must remain universal, and the international community has the responsibility of confronting international actors attempting to undermine these fundamental foundations of the international order.”

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