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March 12, 2019 8:04 am

PLO Warns the International Community Not to Deal with US Embassy in Jerusalem

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A woman walks next to a road sign directing to the US embassy, in the area of the US consulate in Jerusalem, May 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the PLO Executive Committee, has issued another warning to the international community.

He called on the world to ignore the US embassy in Jerusalem, saying that working together with US diplomats there “represents a step towards legitimizing this illegal procedure.”

“The Trump administration closed the US consulate in Jerusalem officially, and ended the American diplomatic presence of 175 years in Palestine,” Erekat wrote in a letter to diplomatic representatives in Palestine on March 4. “The Trump administration closing the US consulate in Jerusalem is a blatant violation of the law.”

I’m not sure what law that violates, and Erekat didn’t elaborate.

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He continued, “As you know, the establishment of diplomatic representation of Israel in Jerusalem is a serious violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 478, which is one of several Council resolutions condemning the annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel.”

But a plain reading of UNSC Resolution 478 indicates that the US should have closed the consulate in Jerusalem as well, as it calls upon “Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City.”

Yet no one talks about that.

“We appeal to all members of the diplomatic community in Palestine not to engage in any kind of formal relationship or to cooperate with the new entity created within the illegal US embassy. Any dealings with the illegal US embassy will be seen as a step toward legitimizing this illegal procedure,” Erekat concluded.

Thankfully, no one is likely to take him seriously.

Elder of Ziyon has been blogging about Israel and the Arab world for a really long time now. He also controls the world, but deep down, you already knew that.

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