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PA calls on US administration to remove PLO from terror list

Jerusalem24 – The Palestinian Authority (PA) today called on the US administration to remove the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from its list of terrorist organizations.

Hussein Al-Sheikh, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and Fatah’s Central Committee, stated today: “We expressed our astonishment and our absolute rejection of the persistence of this unjust classification of a people under occupation at a time when the Kach terrorist organization is removed from those lists.”

Earlier this week, the US removed the terrorist Israeli Kach movement from its list of terror organizations. The PA described this as a “double standard and the victory of injustice.”

On its part, Hamas described the step as a reflection of the double standards measure the US administration adopts, saying that the decision shows the inability of the United States to be an honest broker in the conflict with the occupation.

The State Department said on May 1st that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was required by law to revoke the designations if the groups no longer met certain legal criteria.

Speaking of the Kahane Chai group, the department said it had not been linked to a terrorist attack since 2005.

“[Kach doesn’t] meet the statutory definition of a foreign organization,” the department said.

However, both groups would remain on the U.S. list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities that will keep in place sanctions against their property and assets in American jurisdictions.

The Kahane Chai group [Khac] committed the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994 killing 29 people and injuring 150 others.


Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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