In 1987, the U.S. Congress declared the PLO a "terrorist organization" and prohibited it from opening any of its office in the United States.
On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) called on the United States to remove the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) from the lists of terror classified by the U.S. Congress.
The PA addressed an official letter to the U.S. administration, calling on it to remove the PLO from the lists of terror, said Hussein al-Sheikh, a member of the PLO executive committee.
"We expressed our shock and our absolute rejection of the persistence of this unjust and unfair classification of the Palestinian people who live under the occupation while the Israeli terrorist organization Kach was removed from those lists," Al-Sheikh pointed out.
The Palestinian request comes days after U.S. State Department announced that it removed five extremist groups believed to be no longer active from its list of foreign terrorist organizations, including the Israeli "Kach" organization.
#IsraeliCrimes: 16-year-old #Palestinian Ghaith Yameen has died from wounds he sustained this morning after the Israeli occupation forces shot him in the head in the West Bank city of #Nablus.#Accountability pic.twitter.com/Deu0T1K0sR— PLO Department of Public Diplomacy & Policy (@PalestinePDP) May 25, 2022
The Palestinians accuse this organization of being responsible for killing and wounding dozens of worshipers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron in 1994 and being behind the incitement to kill and displace Palestinians.
In 1987, the U.S. Congress declared the PLO a "terrorist organization" and prohibited it from opening any of its office in the U.S. Despite the decision, the Congress allowed presidents to issue an exemption with their consent, which every president has done since the signing of the Oslo peace agreement between the PLO and Israel in 1993, except former President Donald Trump.
In September 2018, the Trump administration closed the PLO office in Washington D.C. and its banking accounts to pressure the Palestinians to stop working with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel.