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Palestine's PLO Blasts Paraguay's Jerusalem Embassy Move

  • Hanan Ashrawi is a member of the Palestine Liberation Organiization Executive Committee.

    Hanan Ashrawi is a member of the Palestine Liberation Organiization Executive Committee. | Photo: EFE

Published 20 May 2018

The move is a "provocative and irresponsible measure," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, has called on Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes to withdraw his decision to relocate the South American country's embassy to occupied Jerusalem.

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She said: “By adopting such a provocative and irresponsible measure that is in direct contravention of international law and consensus, Paraguay has conspired with Israel, the United States and Guatemala to entrench the military occupation and to seal the fate of occupied Jerusalem."

“Rather than generating tensions and volatility throughout the region and beyond, Paraguay should stand on the side of justice and dignity and work to promote the chances for peace and stability," she added.

Instead of moving their embassy to occupied Jerusalem, Ashrawi suggested that Paraguay takes the necessary steps to hold Israel accountable for its flagrant violations of human rights and crimes against humanity.

She urged members of the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement, and all countries in compliance with international law to cut ties with countries supportive of Israel's unilateral annexation of Jerusalem.

The Paraguayan government announced that it would open its new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem this week.

It will be the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, after the United States and Guatemala opened embassies in the city, according to The Times of Israel. Honduras, the Czech Republic, and Romania have also expressed interest in moving their embassies according to the Israeli-based online newspaper.

The Israeli army and police deployed thousands of officers in Jerusalem and along the Gaza Strip for the U.S. embassy relocation ceremony, sparking condemnation from the international community. According to health officials, at least 63 Palestinians were killed along the Gaza Strip during the demonstrations.

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