President Trump ordered the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s offices in the nation’s capital Monday; citing stalled peace talks with their Israeli counterparts in the ongoing Mideast peace process.
“President Donald Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington, the latest U.S. blow against the Palestinians and an international court during the stalled Mideast peace process,” writes the Associated Press.
The move comes after Palestinian officials urged the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israeli officials for “war crimes” throughout the region.
PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed the Trump administration’s decision to close the offices; accusing the White House of protecting Israeli “war criminals” and “destroying the two-state solution.”
“These people have decided to stand on the wrong side of history by protecting war criminals and destroying the two-state solution,” he said. “I told them if you are worried about courts, you should stop aiding and abetting crimes.”
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TRUE COLORS? NY Socialist Refers to Israel as the ‘OCCUPIERS OF PALESTINE’
New York Democratic socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found herself in hot water this week after she referred to Israel as the “occupiers of Palestine” in a recent interview.
Cortez was speaking with PBS when she was asked to weigh-in on unfolding events in the Middle East, particularly the growing conflict between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas-backed fighters.
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks Israel, calls them the occupiers of Palestine.
When pressed on what she meant she struggled to give an answer and then admitted she does not know what she is talking about. pic.twitter.com/e3Uq1eupD3
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 16, 2018
“I think that what people are starting to see with the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian conditions,” said Cortez.
“You used the term occupation of Palestine, what did you mean by that?” pressed the reporter.
“What I meant, is like, the settlements,” she fired-back.
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AL QAEDA RETURNS: Terror Leader Calls for ‘NEW JIHAD’ Against US
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri resurfaced over the weekend after months of hiding and questions over his health; releasing a five-minute video that called for a new “jihad” against the United States and its western allies.
The video, titled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims” slammed the Trump administration for its decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, saying the Americans were “clear and explicit” in their “modern crusade” against Muslims across the world.
“[Americans] are the first enemy of the Muslims, and swore that it will not dream of security until it is lived in reality in Palestine, and until all the armies of disbelief leave the land of Muhammad,” he added.
Zawahiri took control of the global terror network after US forced killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, choosing to avoid the spotlight after the United States shifted its anti-terror efforts to focus on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Despite the warnings, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes the Mideast peace process is “decidedly not dead,” telling Fox News “We’re hard at work on it. We hope we can achieve a successful outcome there as well.”
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