Trump Administration Closes HQ Of Palestine Liberation Organization In Washington, Freezes Bank Accounts, Pressures Ambassador

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Trump Administration Closes HQ Of Palestine Liberation Organization In Washington, Freezes Bank Accounts, Pressures Ambassador

A tattered flag flies over the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office two days after President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton announced that the State Department would close the PLO office in Washington, U.S., September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

On September 10th, the Trump administration announced the closing of the headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington.

The Palestinian mission ceased operation on September 13th, expressing hope that the closure would be short. On September 10th, US State Department ordered the closing of the office, following a notification by the Trump Administration in 2017 which threatened the closure if the Palestinians do not enter what the administration described as serious peace talks with Israel. For their failure to achieve that, their mission has been closed.

“The Administration has determined after careful review that the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington should close,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert announced in a press release on September 10th.

On September 16th, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said the staff had been given until October 13 to finish moving out.

This is one of the latest escalations in the deteriorating relationship between the Palestinians and Trump, who has recently increased US support of Israel exponentially. The Palestinians cut off contact with Washington, after the US President recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.

“Today is the deadline” for closure, Husam Zomlot, who headed the Palestine Liberation Organization mission, said in a Facebook video addressed to “the great people of America.” As reported by Times of Israel, the closure came on the 25th anniversary of the Oslo accords, the first agreements between the rival Israelis and Palestinians which promised to end decades of deadly conflict. On September 13th, Zomlot denounced the “unfortunate and vindictive” US move to close the Palestinian mission.

“It was unsurprising to us the Trump administration gave us only two choices: either we lose our relationship with the administration or we lose our rights as a nation,” he said.

“Our president, leadership and the people of Palestine opted for our rights.” Zomlot said the Palestinians were “extremely saddened by the current state of affairs.”

This comes after the US confirmed additional cuts in aid to Palestinians, on top of the ones ordered in August. The latest cuts come from $10 million in programmes on reconciliation involving Palestinians as well as Jewish and Arab Israelis. The portion of the money involving Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip was being redirected to programmes between Jewish and Arab Israelis, a US embassy official said.

These cuts follow a redirection of more than $200 million. “As announced in August, the administration redirected more than $200 million that was originally planned for programmes in the West Bank and Gaza,” a US embassy official said, cited by Eye Witness News. The official said the portion involving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza would be used “to enhance” programmes in Israel instead.

On September 16th, Al Jazeera also reported that the US has decided to freeze all bank accounts belonging to the PLO in the country. The Palestinian Ambassador to the US Husam Zomlot also said on Sunday that his permit to stay in the US has been annulled, his families’ bank accounts have been closed and that he and his family have been requested by authorities to immediately leave the country. “The US administration also revoked the visas of Ambassador Husam Zomlot’s wife and two children despite their being valid until 2020,” a statement released on the same day by the PLO said.

“Ambassador Zomlot’s son Said, 7, who is in second grade, and daughter Alma, 5, who is in kindergarten were pulled out of Horace Mann Elementary School in Washington DC last week and have since left the country,” the statement continued.

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned the US decision. “As if the announcement that the US would close our office in Washington DC was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful. The US has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level,” she said.

“By deliberately targeting the family of Ambassador Zomlot, the US administration has gone from cruel punishment to revenge against the Palestinians and their leadership even to the point of causing hardship to their innocent children and families,” she added.

Germany also reacted to the news of the closing of the diplomatic mission. On September 14th, Germany’s Foreign Ministry said that the US decision could complicate trying to get Palestinians and Israelis back to the table to talk about a two-state solution in the Middle East.

Times of Israel cited spokeswoman Maria Adebahr told reporters that the decision is a bilateral issue, but the Foreign Ministry fears it could complicate “the resumption of talks for a two-state solution.”

According to Times of Israel, the decision to close the Palestinian mission is due to Palestinian leaders allegedly breached the arrangement by calling for Israeli officials to be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The ICC was involved after Israel announced its demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin village, which according to Palestinian officials was a war crime. He said the Trump administration would “fight back” and impose sanctions – even seeking to criminally prosecute ICC officials – if the court formally proceeded with opening an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by US military and intelligence staff during the war in Afghanistan or pursued any investigation into Israel or other US allies.

It is apparent that the Trump Administration and Donald Trump himself are heavily biased towards Israel and completely support it in all its actions in the Middle East and mostly in Gaza and the West Bank.

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  • Sinbad2

    “Freezes Bank Accounts”

    They stole their money. The US pretends it does these things for political reasons, but really they are just thieves.

    They stole large amounts of Iranian money, $400 million, in today’s money that’s about $10 billion. The US payed back a fraction of what they stole, $1.7 billion and only agreed to give it back, because Iran was selling oil for gold, and that really scares the US.
    Most Americans were outraged that Obama would give back any of the money they stole.
    A nation of thieves, they make the Jews look like saints.

    • so

      This is why the rest of the world cannot fight hard enough to destroy the dollar as the World’s reserve currency. It will happen. The planets survival depends on it.

      • Sinbad2

        The US is actually destroying the dollar, trying to defend it.

        As the debt levels go up, it pushes up interest rates, which makes it harder for the Government to service the debt, so they get Government departments to buy treasuries, to keep the interest rate low.

        If interest rates rise, share prices will drop, and the Government will get less tax revenue, which would increase the debt, pushing interest rates higher.

        The US has painted itself into a corner, there is no way out, they are cactus fuctus.

    • Hisham Saber

      It’s a nation run by Jews. Goldman Sach’s Bank, in New York, has 34 billion of Libya’
      s money, which they refuse to give back. An estimated 300 billion of Libya foreign investments are being withheld. Banks in the U.S. (Chase Mannhattan, Citi et al) and in Europe), and some African countries have renigged on paying Libya back billion in loans which are now due.

      To the Jews, stealing from gentiles is a great thing, and being encouraged by the Talmud. There’s always Kol Nidre they can absolve themselves. They are a deluded people, empty of empathy, compassion, moral , integrity and principles. Psychopaths and degenerates of the worst of all humanity. They surpass all other peoples in genocide, bloodlust, warmongering, sowing of discord between peoples and nations, the false written history of the world as we know it.

      China and Russia,. as well as Iran and others, should go along with China’s OBR Silk Road project and decouple from the dollar asap. Its high time to bring down the unfair, unjust, rigged, false, fake, immoral global Jewish monetary scheme that has been so disastrous for humanity in the last milleniums.

      • Sinbad2

        Americans, like the Khazarians embraced the Jewish worship of wealth.
        Americans are modern day Jews. I have heard American preachers say “Jesus wants you to be rich”, that’s a Jewish belief, not a Christian belief.
        Interestingly, Turks are also descendants of the Khazars, and they also worship wealth.

        Meanwhile the Hebrews the followers of Moses know from his anger at them for worshiping a golden calf, that putting wealth above god is a bad thing.
        In America, a golden calf was not enough, to sate their greed, so they created a golden bull, and placed it at their holiest place, Wall street.

  • Merijn

    The US decision could complicate trying to get Palestinians and Israelis back to the table to talk about a two-state solution in the Middle East…

    Let’s hope a Two-State Solution won’t be necessary in the near Future…because IsraHell got wiped off the Map…

    • Sinbad2

      There will not be a 2 state solution. The Israelis will never accept an independent Palestine.
      And anyway, once the US collapses, the Israelis will move back to Europe, and Israel will be incorporated into Syria.

      • Merijn

        That is what I said…I copied a piece of the text….my opinion is that IsraHell should be Wiped off the Map

        • Sinbad2

          Well they have really polluted the place, drink water from the Yarkon river, and you will die from the pollution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabiah_bridge_collapse

          But after the dirty pigs leave, the original owners will move back, so a Jewish depopulation would be a great idea, but not the destruction of the land.

  • Peter Jennings

    Palestinian land is disappearing with american help and connivance. The US is penalising Palestinians for taking action against isreali invaders who murder their children and old folk and evict them from their homes.
    We hear lots of stories regarding american heroism during their anti-imperialist wars with the British, so let this action by the US admin stand as yet another example of US double standards. What short memories they have. What a short empire they will have.

    The US is threatening the ICC and hindering its capacity to perform its official duty. This should be a clear indication to the ICC just who their targets really should be. They are an International Criminal Court but yet they are being threatened and warned by an international criminal cabal!
    The duty of the ICC has never been so obvious. The Trumpster is rumoured to have 50,000 indictments ready to go. Are you really up to the job, ICC?

  • Lena Jones

    Like the Palestinians care at this stage. Better for them to be free from the shackles of a jew-slave Empire. Besides, EVERYTHING israel is doing now will be reversed in the next war for the benefit of Palestinians. No problem – cancel away orange jew-slave. My advice to the Palestinians as an American: tell DC to fuck the fuck off yer backs already!

    • Free man

      You have a dirty Iranian mouth.

      • Lena Jones

        I think ‘dirty jew’ is the common phrase lol! Enjoy your filthy supremicism little jew.

  • Feudalism Victory

    With trump you get honesty and clarity. It was always american policy to support only israel.

  • Tommy Jensen

    More Turd news from Washington. Sewage and toxic waste water are pouring out in one endless stream.