Dr. Saeb Erekat : Regarding Possible US Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel: This move will promote international anarchy...


Jerusalem is the social, political, cultural, religious and economic heart of Palestine. It is also the heart of billions of believers from the three monotheistic religions, including hundreds of millions of Arab Christians and Muslims. It is, therefore, the heart of the Arab World. It is a significant symbol of our region and its fate is key to any efforts leading to a peaceful and stable region.

Erekat: Palestinians will suspend talks if the United States Administration closes PLO mission


“The United States State Department notified us with an official letter that they cannot certify the continued opening of the PLO Office in Washington D.C. due to the fact that we are pursuing and encouraging the ICC. We responded to them in an official letter that in case they want to officially close the office of the PLO Office in Washington D.C., we will put on hold all of our communications with this American administration. It’s very unfortunate, unacceptable . This is the pressure being exerted on this administration from the Netanyahu government at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal, they take such steps which would undermine the whole peace process.”

Erekat accuses Israel of forcible transfer of Palestinian population


Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), accused Israel on Saturday of forcible transfer of Palestinian civilian population to serve its settlement goals in the occupied Palestinian territory. “Israel continues to forcibly transfer the Palestinian population for the expansion and further consolidation of its illegal colonial settlement enterprise on lands belonging to the State of Palestine,” said Erekat in a statement.

A century on from Balfour, I challenge Britain to finally do the right thing


Today we mark the centenary of the calamitous Balfour declaration. In 1917, with a few paragraphs and a stroke of his pen, the British foreign minister, Lord Balfour, unleashed historic forces that changed the fate of an entire people and a whole region. He committed a grave sin: promising the homeland of one people to another.

Dr. Saeb Erekat: Letter of Condolences to Sinn Fein


On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and of the State of Palestine, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences over the departure of our brother and comrade Martin McGuinness, a symbol of the just cause of the Irish people. We extend our condolences to his family, the Sinn Fein and all the Irish people

Israeli media following with interest Erekat blasts Congress for condemning UN resolution 2334


Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat blasted the U.S. Congress for overwhelmingly voting to condemn United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. The bipartisan House measure passed last week by a majority of 342-80. It said that Resolution 2334 "undermines the prospect of Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations" and "contributes to the politically motivated acts of boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel and represents a concerted effort to extract concessions from Israel outside of direct negotiations." The statement further demands that the UN repeal or fundamentally alter the measure it passed.

PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat on latest Israeli steps regarding illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine...


All Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine are illegal regardless of any law passed by the Israeli parliament or any decision of an Israeli judge. Israel has a long history of attempts to “legalize” war crimes. This latest step shows the extremist Israeli government's confidence that the international community will not act. This culture of impunity continues to destroy the prospects to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.