Wednesday, March 15, 2006

PLO condemns Israeli terrorism in Jericho and US-British hypocrisy

The Department of Arab and International Relations condemns the Policy of Double Standards
March 15, 2006

The Department of Arab and International Relations P.L.O condemns the IOF military operation against Jericho prison that resulted in the kidnapping of the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmed Sa'adat, Major Fuad Al-Shobaki and a number of prisoners; two prison guards have been killed and tens have been wounded. The Palestinian governmental compound (Muqata'a) was ruined.

The operation is a result of an American –British collaboration, as it took place a few minutes after the unexpected and unplanned departure of the American and British observers, who were responsible for the protection of the Political prisoners according to an International Agreement that was signed in the year 2002 /Ramallah; the US, the UK and Israel signed the agreement and abide to maintain a secure position to the above mentioned prisoners as long as they remain in the Jericho prison.

The US and UK collaboration would affect the credibility of the two states in the eyes of the Palestinians who have been regarding them as honest and neutral mediators.

The International Society watched yesterday's vicious operation in complete silence – this same society keeps asking the P.L.O and the Palestinian Authority to fulfill all the International Laws.

The silence of the International society regarding the Israeli crimes that have been committed against the Palestinian citizens encourages Israel to do what ever it wishes and to go on disgracing all the international laws and agreements; more than a time Israel conveyed that it's not committed to any of those agreements.

The Quartet and the United Nations are asked to immediately intervene and pressure the Israeli government to fulfill its commitments towards the signed agreements.

Efforts should be exerted to guarantee the return the abducted persons during Jericho operation back under the Palestinian Authority protection as it was agreed by Ramallah Agreement.

Department Of Arab and International Relations