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Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat - member of the Fatah Central Committee and PLO Executive Committee. Erekat was one of the negotiators of the Oslo Accords and has been the PLO chief negotiator since 1995. He resigned from his post in 2003 and 2011, but subsequently was reappointed. As of Aug. 2, 2018, his official titles are PLO Executive Committee secretary and head of the PLO Department of Negotiations.
PLO officials: “[PA] leadership will continue to pay the salaries of the prisoners”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2018
“PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said: ‘The law to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and wounded from the tax money, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament (refers to law deducting terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.), is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the international conventions, as whoever holds prisoners is obligated to protect their lives and sustenance (the Fourth Geneva Convention relates to civilians in wartime, not terrorists imprisoned for criminal acts –Ed.). This law also contradicts the Paris Agreement, which Israel has violated and which gave it authority to hold direct contact with the world (sic., Israel has always had such authority; the Paris Agreement established economic relations between Israel and the PLO), and it abused this in order to turn us into consumers of Israeli goods.’ …
PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said at a press conference held two days ago [July 4, 2018] that the leadership will continue to pay the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners, the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), and the wounded, despite the occupation authorities’ decision to deduct their allowances from the PA’s tax money.”
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PLO chief negotiator: “The [PA] leadership will continue to pay the salaries of the prisoners, the Martyrs’ families, and the wounded”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
      “[Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb] Erekat said that the [Palestinian] leadership is preparing to sue Israel for its crimes against the unarmed demonstrators at the Marches of Return (refers to violent riots at the Gaza-Israel border; see note below –Ed.). [He said:] ‘We will also ask the International Criminal Court’s legal committee to launch an investigation of the Israeli crimes, including the settlements, according to the complaint that was submitted by the State of Palestine. The committee will monitor the topic of the law deducting the allowance (mukhassasat) money of the Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded’ (refers to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.).
Erekat explicitly stated that the leadership will continue to pay the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners, the Martyrs’ families, and the wounded, despite the occupation authorities’ decision to deduct their allowances from the [Palestinian] National Authority’s tax revenues. Erekat sees this as a national obligation and legal and moral commitment that is consistent with the international agreements and treaties regarding prisoners, which Israel is violating with this decision..."
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PLO chief negotiator: Israeli law deducting terror salaries from tax payments is “robbery and theft”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
“Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said to AFP: ‘This decision (referring to law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money collected by Israel; see note below –Ed.) is most dangerous, and nears the point of doing away with the PA. This is robbery and theft.’ He added: ‘Israel is stealing the land and money of the Palestinian people… Its decision to build new housing units in the settlements (possibly referring to Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman’s May 2018 announcement that Israel plans to approve 3,900 housing units in 30 West Bank towns -Ed.) constitutes theft of the Palestinian people’s land.’ Erekat emphasized that all of this is a result of ‘the decisions of American President Donald Trump, which are encouraging Israel.’”
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PLO Chief Negotiator gives teachers honorary plaque featuring map of “Palestine” that erases Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 27, 2018

Headline: “Erekat honors the teachers who won in the 2018 Creative Teacher Competition”
      “Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat honored the creative and outstanding female teachers who won in the 2018 Creative Teacher Competition, which was held by the association of education employee unions in the public and private sector.”
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The article includes a picture of Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat giving an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
PLO Chief Negotiator: Ending the Israeli occupation will bring security and peace to the region  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2018
Headline: “Erekat: Security and peace will begin with the end of the occupation”
     “PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat… emphasized that the key to security, peace, and stability in the region will begin with the end of the Israeli occupation and the implementation of the sovereignty of the State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem within the June 4, 1967 borders; a solution of all of the permanent status issues – and prime among them the refugees – based on UN Resolution 194; and the release of the prisoners.”

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PLO Chief Negotiator says Israel is "shirking its obligations to pay the salaries" of Palestinian terrorist prisoners, and should "commit itself to paying the allowances of the prisoners" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2018
Headline: “The PLO and prisoners’ institutions demanded to cancel the racist legislation against the prisoners”

“The PLO and prisoners’ institutions demanded to cancel [Israel’s] racist legislation against the prisoners in the Israeli occupation’s prisons. This was during a meeting of PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, and [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club President Qadura Fares…
Erekat noted that the [Israeli] law to deduct the prisoners’ allowances (mukhassasat, refers to an Israeli bill; see note below –Ed.) comes as part of an organized incitement campaign to present the Palestinian people’s struggle as a crime and to mislead world public opinion by marking our legal struggle against the occupation as terrorism.
He emphasized that Palestine has been paying the financial price of the occupation in light of [Israel] shirking its obligations to pay the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and the families that they provide for, and he mentioned Israel’s obligations as the one holding them [the prisoners], which also include financial obligations according to the Fourth Geneva Convention (sic., the Fourth Geneva Convention does not apply, see note below).
He said: ‘Israel is not only violating international law, but is also stealing and manipulating the prisoners’ money in favor of the occupation state through the extension of their term of imprisonment and the profits that it derives from what the prisoners pay in exchange for their food and their basic commodities for which the occupation state is obligated."

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PA Presidential spokesman and PLO chief negotiator slam US decision of date for US embassy move to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2018
Headline: “A new aggression: America chooses Nakba Day to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”
       “Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said in response to the US decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem in May [2018] that any unilateral step will not contribute to establishing peace and will not legitimize anyone…
PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said: ‘The American administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to choose the date of Nakba Day (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people (the US embassy in Jerusalem is set to open on May 14, 2018, on the anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence according to the Gregorian calendar, Palestinians mark Nakba Day on May 15. -Ed.) to take this step constitutes an arbitrary violation of international law… and the continuing destruction of the two-state solution. The choice of this date constitutes a provocation of the sensibilities of all the Arabs and Muslims, something which we most adamantly condemn.’’”
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PLO Chief Negotiator: Trump administration “constitutes a true danger to the security, stability, and integrity of this region and of its peoples” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 24, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem in May and how it is endangering the Middle East, hosting PLO Executive Committee Secretary, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat

PLO Executive Committee Secretary, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat: “The states have understood that [US] President [Donald] Trump’s administration is threatening the interests, threatening the international security, peace, and stability. This is the truth. Therefore our next steps, particularly when we will have a conference held in Riyadh- it’s impossible that we as the Palestinian side will allow the situation to continue as it is. We are part of this region. Our children and grandchildren are an inseparable part of this region’s security and stability for the coming generations. We have no choice but to conduct a true self-examination so that we’ll be able to stand against this danger. This administration constitutes a true danger to the security, stability, and integrity of this region and of its peoples, in the full sense of the word.”

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Fatah official: US Vice President Pence “proved that the American administration is part of the problem and not part of the solution”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “The US vice president was witness to the expulsion of the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament from the Israeli Parliament, and bragged that the [US] embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem by the end of 2019 – Erekat: Pence’s racist attack at the Israeli Parliament is a gift to the extremists, the US is part of the problem”

“Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat yesterday [Jan. 22, 2018] criticized the speech that US Vice President Mike Pence gave before the Israeli Parliament. He described it as ‘a crusade’ that constitutes ‘a gift to the extremists.’ Erekat said that the attack that Pence led in the Israeli Parliament… proved that the American administration is part of the problem and not part of the solution. He added that Pence’s message is clear: Violate the law and international decisions, and the US will reward you.”
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During US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech before the Israeli Parliament on Jan. 22, 2018, the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament disrupted his speech by waving posters showing a picture of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock with the following text in English and Arabic: “Jerusalem is The Capital of Palestine.” They were quickly removed from the plenum.
PLO Chief negotiator attacks US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 21, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on the UN General Assembly vote on Dec. 21, 2017, which called on the US to cancel its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, telephone interview with Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat

Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat: “This is a day on which everyone is witness to international law and international legitimacy... Honor and pride to the states of the world and the great majority that refused the language of extortion and threats used by [US] President [Donald] Trump’s administration. The truth is that US Representative [Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley has decided to replace the principles of international law with the principles of billionaire extremist Zionist gambler Sheldon Adelson, and decided to stand alongside the settlements and occupation instead of standing alongside peace, justice, and international law.”

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PLO Chief Negotiator: “By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” the US is “pushing the region… into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism, and bloodshed” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2017

PLO Executive Committee Secretary, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat:
"If the US dictates the fate of Jerusalem before the negotiations on the matter – whether by transferring the embassy [to Jerusalem], or what is even more dangerous, by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – this means the end of the entire peace process and the pushing of the region – with its peoples and borders – into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism, and bloodshed."
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PA and PLO officials respond to US decision to close the PLO office in Washington: There will be “severe consequences” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2017
Headline: "Palestine opposes the extortion as the US acts to close the PLO office"
       "Senior Palestinian officials yesterday [Nov. 18, 2017] expressed their astonishment at the American government’s decision to close the PLO office in Washington as long as it does not carry out peace negotiations with Israel (sic., the closure came about due to the PLO’s breach of a Congressional mandate that they not sue Israelis in the International Criminal Court). They said that they will not surrender to extortion. [...]
[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said: 'This step, which is meant to close the PLO office, is an unprecedented step in the history of the American-Palestinian relations.' In a statement published by [the official PA news] agency WAFA, he added that the closure of the office 'will have severe consequences on the peace process and on the US relations with the Arab world.'"

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PLO officials on the Balfour Declaration: “A colonialist promise… [Britain’s] sin;” an "ominous promise”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
      “In response to the latest British statements regarding pride in the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and the fact that the British government is celebrating it and not apologizing for it (see note below –Ed.), Erekat emphasized: ‘There is no greater shame than to celebrate a colonialist promise in the 21st century. Britain should have used the opportunity to correct its sin, apologize to the Palestinian people for the historical injustice it caused to it, do justice with the victims through compensation among other things, recognize the State of Palestine, and to support the removal of Israel’s immunity, demand an accounting of it, and make it pay the price of its occupation’…
PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the Department for Refugee Affairs Zakariya Al-Agha said: ‘On exactly this day in 1917, Britain issued the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that gave the Jews the right to establish a national homeland on the land of Palestine... This ominous promise is what led to the expulsion of our people from its homes and property after massacres and crimes were committed against it as part of an international plot.’"

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PLO Chief Negotiator condemn US and Israeli demand that next Palestinian government recognize Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2017
Headline: "Erekat condemned the demands of the American and Israeli bodies that the next Palestinian government recognize Israel"
       "Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat expressed his condemnation of the fact that several political parties in Israel and the US are demanding that the next Palestinian [PA] government recognize Israel. He demanded that [Israel] first recognize the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as that is the only way to reach a final agreement through which the State of Israel will live alongside the State of Palestine in security and peace…
He added: ‘Since when do [political] parties demand to recognize other states? Recognition is a matter of states and governments, and not of parties, and the truth is that not only has the State of Israel not recognized the State of Palestine, but rather the occupation government is currently destroying the possibility that such a state will exist.’"

Fatah Facebook posts cartoon of PLO negotiator with lungs made of maps of "Palestine" erasing Israel  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 24, 2017

Cartoon posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The cartoon shows Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat, with 2 lungs depicted as the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, both overlaid with the Palestinian flag. The cartoon apparently refers to Erekat's pulmonary fibrosis and the recent severe deterioration in his health.

Text on cartoon: "I breathe homeland"
PLO Chief Negotiator implies Israeli occupation root of regional instability and terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2017
Headline: “Erekat: The international community must strengthen the two-state option”
     “PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat]… emphasized that the key to peace, security, stability, and victory over the terror and extremism in the Middle East region starts with ending the Israeli occupation and establishing the independent State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem in the June 4, 1967 borders.”
PLO Chief Negotiator supports Hamas, demonizes Israel, claims Israel carries out terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2017
Headline: "Erekat: Our people is implementing its right to defend itself, and the Israeli occupation is the worst type of terror"
     "Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat gave a speech at the UN yesterday [June 29, 2017] on behalf of the State of Palestine, in which he emphasized that the Palestinian people is implementing its legal right to defend itself against the war crimes that the occupation authority Israel is committing against it through an occupation that has continued for five decades… Erekat described the Israeli occupation as the worst type of terror and said that it has turned into an apartheid regime in the full sense of the word… In response to the question of an Israeli journalist regarding the Hamas Movement and Palestinian forces being considered as terror movements, Erekat responded and emphasized that they are an inseparable part of the Palestinian people and its struggle against the occupation."
PA chief negotiator Erekat falsely claims: Israel guilty of incitement and dedicating landmarks to ‘terrorists’, glorifies ‘Zionist terror’ 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 22, 2017
Headline: "Erekat warned against cooperation with the Israeli narrative of incitement"

"Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee[, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat rejected the false accusations and claims that Israel is spreading regarding what it calls 'the official Palestinian incitement.'
Erekat emphasized in a statement this evening, Thursday [June 22, 2017], that the occupation government is working continuously to deflect attention and to find new and misleading excuses such as 'the claims of incitement' every time an opportunity is created to revive the political process, in contrast to the Palestinian leadership that is committed to the two-state solution and the full implementation of international law.
Erekat's response came in the wake of Israel’s ongoing attempts to call our people’s national struggle terror and to turn our fighter Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners since the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution into criminals.
Erekat explained that the reason that Israel refuses to revive the tripartite committee that deals with incitement stems from the built-in policy of the right-wing government to incite and glorify Zionist terror. He said: 'One example of this is the fact that [Israeli] occupation Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu himself inaugurated a hospital last April that was named after [former Israeli Prime Minister] Yitzhak Shamir, the terrorist responsible for the killing of hundreds of civilians, including [his] issuing the orders to assassinate UN Peace Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte from Sweden, in addition to blowing up the King David Hotel [in Jerusalem], which led to the death of dozens of civilians (Shamir was a leader of the pre-state Jewish militia Lehi that assassinated Count Bernadotte –Ed.)."
PA official on terrorist prisoners: They are “freedom fighters”, should be released “unconditionally” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2017
Headline: "Erekat: The Netanyahu government wants to divert the world's gaze from the continuation of the occupation"

"Yesterday evening [June 15, 2017] the PLO Department for Negotiations held a feast to break the [Ramadan] fast for families of the prisoners in the occupation's prisons in the presence of consuls, ambassadors, and the representatives to Palestine of various states. Present at the meeting were Secretary of the PLO [Executive Committee, PLO Chief Negotiator, and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, Minister (sic., Director) of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, and Chairman of the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares…
Erekat said: 'The meal to break the fast has become an annual tradition that brings together the families of the prisoners and members of the Arab and foreign diplomatic corps in Palestine.'

He added: 'We are working to end the occupation, to realize the sovereignty of the State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem, and to release all of the prisoners unconditionally, as they are fighters for freedom.' …He also noted that the government of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu wants to divert the world’s gaze from the fact that the occupation has continued for 50 years by persecuting institutions of the Palestinian people and talking about the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids)…

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PA TV news reports on Erekat, PA PM emphasis for support for PA salaries for terrorist 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 16, 2017
Official PA TV newsreader: "Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee[, PLO Chief Negotiator, and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said that the occupation government is attempting to divert the world’s attention from the continuation of the occupation for the last 50 years by harassing our people’s institutions, talking about the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and threatening diplomats with expulsion... Erekat added that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu aspires to increase the unrest that prevails in the region so that he will be able to continue creating an apartheid regime and thwarting the establishment of the Palestinian state..."
Official PA TV newsreader: [PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah explained that the rights of the Martyrs' families are protected, and the work continues together with the PLO institutions in order to meet this national obligation. He made these statements on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas during the central public meal to break the Ramadan fast that was held in honor of the Martyrs' families in Nablus, in the presence of public and official figures."

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