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December 23, 2015 3:09 pm

State Department Rejects Calls to Close PLO Office in DC

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The State Department logo. The State Department rejected calls by 32 members of Congress to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in Washington, D.C. Photo: State Department.

The State Department logo. The State Department rejected calls by 32 members of Congress to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington, D.C. Photo: State Department.

JNS.org – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday rejected calls by 32 members of Congress to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington, D.C.

The lawmakers, including Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, sent a letter dated Dec. 18 to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding the revocation of a waiver that allows the PLO office to stay open considering that the Palestinian leaders encourage violence against Israelis.

“The United States government has an obligation to publicly denounce the PLO’s actions and should immediately revoke its waiver,” according to a copy of the letter posted on Cruz’s website. “Allowing the PLO to maintain an office in Washington, D.C. provides no benefit to the United States or the peace process.”

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However, spokeswoman for the State Department, Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters at a briefing that “closing the PLO office would be detrimental to our ongoing efforts to calm tensions between Israeli’s and Palestinians, advance a two-state solution and strengthen the US-Palestinian partnership.”

Trudeau added that the State Department believes “the PLO has a valid place” and they would oppose efforts to close the office.

“Every administration — either Republican or Democrat — has regularly exercised waiver authorities since 1994 to allow the PLO office to remain open,” Trudeau said.

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  • Stein

    The State Department, under the Obama administration of the Democratic Party, intentionally finances an Islamist terrorist organization in order to murder Jews.

    There was a time in my life, I could not believe something like this was possible in the United States of America.

  • joseph Truman

    It’s a different world now. The PLO currently applauds and revels in the killing of Jews. US policy of placating PLO has not worked. It’s time to realize the PLO are not serious about peace, and never have been interested in allowing Israel to exist and live peacefully as a state. They are committed as always to destroy Israel. The US should stop political correctness while Jews are being murdered just for being Jews.

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