Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops towards Palestinian demonstrators during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops towards Palestinian demonstrators during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

PLO official urges world countries to reconsider their relations with Israel

By: MENA
Thu, Aug. 9, 2018
RAMALLAH - 9 August 2018: Secretary of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat on Thursday called on world countries to reconsider their bilateral relations with Israel.

The PLO official asserted that as long as Israel continues violating the international law and legitimacy, it should never be regarded as a partner of any country that respects international law and human rights.

Erekat made the remarks in the wake of a series of Israeli air strikes launched since Wednesday on the Gaza Strip, during which three Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and her toddler, were killed.

Erekat urged for an immediate intervention by all parties concerned to implement a truce, end the Palestinian division and reconcile the Palestinian factions, pointing out that this is the only way to protect the Palestinian people and end the occupation.

Meantime, Erekat sent an official message to all world countries through the countries' diplomatic representatives in Palestine after the new "Jewish Nation-State bill" that has been recently approved by the Knesset.

The message explained the goals of the racist legislation which aims to legitimize Israel's political program and adopt two different regimes inside a single State.

Separately, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held intensive international contacts at all levels with the aim to end the Israeli escalation against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Abbas warned that any further deterioration Israeli may drag the region into a greater extent of destruction and instability.
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