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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 chief negotiator: Israel’s cut to tax money over terror salaries demands “political confrontation… and non-acceptance of the rest of the money“ so that Israel will not “steal” the money regularly 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2019
Headline: "Erekat: Trump and Kushner are running an election campaign for Netanyahu…"
      "PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said… in an interview on the [official] PA TV program Topic of the Day… regarding the theft of the Palestinian money by Israel (refers to implementation of the Anti "Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below –Ed.): 'The political reality requires a political confrontation with the occupation and non-acceptance of the rest of the money so that this will not turn into a regular means to which it will turn and steal the money whenever it wants.'"

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PLO Chief Negotiator: Israeli decision to cut tax monies is “part of the Israeli-American plan to destroy the PA… Those carrying out normalization with Israel are sticking a knife in the back of the [Palestinian] people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 18, 2019
        “PLO Executive Committee Secretary Saeb Erekat said yesterday [Feb. 17, 2019]: ‘The deduction of the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families from the tax money (refers to Israeli law deducting terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), which Israel intends to carry out, is part of the Israeli-American plan to destroy the PA, in parallel with disconnecting the Gaza Strip from the West Bank. This plan is the “deal of the century” (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.).’
In statements that he gave to [the official PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine, he added that Israel will carry out this step after it has denied all of the signed agreements… Erekat turned to the Arabs and said: ‘Those who are going to Warsaw – what are they going for? You spoke about the Arab Peace Initiative. What has changed that you are rewarding [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu?’ He emphasized that those carrying out normalization with Israel are sticking a knife in the back of the [Palestinian] people.”
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PLO Chief Negotiator: “Normalization with the Israeli occupation constitutes a knife in the back, permitting [the spilling] of Palestinian blood” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2019
Headline: "Erekat: Normalization with Israel constitutes a knife in the back and permitting [the spilling] of Palestinian blood"
     "PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat emphasized that normalization with the Israeli occupation constitutes a knife in the back, permitting [the spilling] of Palestinian blood, and a prize to the occupation regime, which is implementing all of the forms of terror against the members of our people. In statements he gave at the end of the summit of senior Arab officials, which the Arab Parliament held at the Arab League headquarters with the participation of several former and present Arab heads of state and ministers, Erekat said: 'All of the participants in the summit focused on one central point – the Palestinian cause.' …"

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PLO Chief Negotiator: “The US is the one that has destroyed the peace process… and is not fit to serve as a partner or mediator in the peace process” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2019
      “PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said… that the US is the one that has destroyed the peace process following all of its decisions regarding the Palestinians, and therefore it is not fit to serve as a partner or mediator in the peace process.”

Saeb Erekat also holds the position of PLO Chief Negotiator.
PA sends letter to Trump administration rejecting US security aid 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2019
Official PA TV News, on the PA refusing US aid due to new US law

Official PA TV newsreader: "PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said that on orders from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah sent a letter to the American administration in which he demanded that it stop the security aid, if the law called the 'anti-terror' law (i.e., the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018; see note below) is implemented. In an interview on the [official] PA TV program Topic of the Day, Erekat said that the American administration officially received the letter four days ago [Jan. 16, 2019], but until now no response to the letter has been received from America.”
Official PA TV reporter: “At a time when the American administration is acting in Congress to implement the law called 'the terror law,' which gives it the right to submit lawsuits against states that receive aid from it, the [PA] leadership sent a sharp letter to the White House administration on the orders of President Mahmoud Abbas, in which it emphasized its relinquishment of Washington's security aid if this law is implemented."

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PLO Chief Negotiator: “Hamas must bear the full responsibility for what is happening to the members of our people” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 19, 2019
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, 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: “Hamas must bear the full responsibility for what is happening to the members of our people – for what is happening when a ship of migrants fleeing the homeland sinks (refers to ship carrying 35 Palestinian illegal migrants, mostly from Gaza, that sank traveling from Turkey to Greece on Jan. 18, 2019, killing 1 –Ed.). And what is this all for? For what? So that they will say that this global movement (possibly refers to Hamas as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood /- Ed.) has a geographic area named the Gaza Strip?”
PLO Chief Negotiator celebrates the UN’s failure to condemn Hamas and its actions, calls US Ambassador Haley’s defense of Israel “shameful and unethical” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2018
Headline: "The PLO: What took place at the UN is a victory for the Palestinian unity against the American-Israeli arrogance"

"PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat emphasized that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO Executive Committee, the Fatah Movement Central Committee, and the Palestinian [PA] national unity government granted a victory to the Palestinian unity and placed the supreme Palestinian interests above all other considerations. This was when they stood against the unjust American-Israeli attempts to consider the Hamas Movement a terrorist movement, which [US Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley hoped would be the high point of her blind bias in favor of the occupation and her shameful and unethical defense of the war crimes that the occupation authority, Israel, commits. Erekat said in a statement yesterday [Dec. 7, 2018]: 'History will remember unfavorably Nikki Haley’s approach towards the Palestinian people’s legal national rights and its right to freedom, independence, and the realization of the independence of the State of Palestine in the June 4, 1967 borders, whose capital is East Jerusalem.’"

Saeb Erekat also holds the position of PLO Chief Negotiator.

UN Resolution condemning Hamas - The US proposed a resolution to condemn the terror organization Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and inciting violence, and demanding that it and other terrorist groups such as Islamic Jihad cease their terror activities, including the use of airborne incendiaries. The proposal was voted on by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 6, 2018. Although it received a majority of the votes, the proposal did not receive the two thirds needed to be ratified.
PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat: Palestinian State must be established in order “to drain the swamp of terror in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2018
Headline: “Erekat: The American administration adheres to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s outlook that calls for legalization of the settlements”

“PLO Executive Committee Secretary Saeb Erekat said that… whoever wants to drain the swamp of terror in the region needs to start by ending the Israeli occupation and establishing the independent State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem.”

Saeb Erekat also serves as Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Chief Negotiator.

Olmert offered Abbas 20 sq.km more than size of West Bank, according to PLO Chief Negotiator 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 1, 2018

Official PA TV, Philosophy of Endurance

PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat: "I heard [former Israeli Prime Minister] Olmert say that he offered [Abbas] 100% of the West Bank territory. This is true. I’ll testify to this. He presented a map, and said: 'I want [Israel] to take 6.5% of the West Bank and I’ll give [the PA] 6.5% of the 1948 territory (i.e., Israel) in return.' [Olmert] said to Abbas: 'The area of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on the eve of June 4, 1967, was 6,235 sq. km. [I] Erekat says: "There are 50 sq. km. of no man's land in Jerusalem and Latrun." We’ll split them between us, so the territory will be 6,260 sq. km.' [I said to Abbas:] 'Olmert wants to give you 20 sq. km. more, so that you could say [to Palestinians]: “I got more than the 1967 territories."' Regarding Jerusalem, [Olmert said:] 'What's Arab is Arab, and what's Jewish is Jewish, and we’ll keep it an open city.' Regarding the refugees, [Olmert] offered him [Abbas] 150,000 refugees... [Olmert] said: 'The refugees’ right to return to the State of Palestine is your law. But regarding Israel, we will accept 150,000 refugees over 10 years. 15,000 [per year] over 10 years.'"
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PLO Chief Negotiator demonizes Israel, calls for release of all Palestinian prisoners  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2018
     "Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat… said: 'Despite the silence of the international community and its failure in deterring the occupation force and the support of [US President Donald] Trump's administration in strengthening the colonialist occupation, the annexation, the apartheid, and the elimination of the Palestinian cause, the democratic and state of law Palestine, the institutions, and the human rights, Palestine has fulfilled its international responsibilities and obligations and is still waiting for the world to fulfill its political, legal, and ethical obligation towards it and its citizens. This is by translating the declaration of independence into a tangible reality by realizing it in the territory of the State of Palestine whose capital is occupied East Jerusalem in the June 4, 1967 borders; finding a fair solution to the refugee problem according to UN Resolution 194 (see note below –Ed.); the immediate release of all of the prisoners; and forcing Israel to recognize its legal, political, and moral responsibility for the historic injustice that it has committed against another people.'"

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Fatah and PLO official says the Balfour Declaration “still inspires the occupation to continue the acts of ethnic cleansing and eliminating the Palestinian presence” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2018
Headline: “On the 101st anniversary of the Balfour Promise: demanding that Britain correct the historical error”

“The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) demanded that Britain recognize the Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem and the return of the refugees to their homes according to the decisions of the international bodies.
In a statement for the 101st anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian National Council again emphasized its demand that the British government act to correct the historical error that it committed when it deceitfully gave the Jews a right to establish a homeland for themselves in Palestine, as part of a historical precedent of injustice, ethnic cleansing, aggression, and violation of the principles of international law…
PLO Executive Committee Secretary Saeb Erekat emphasized that our people, wherever it is located – in the homeland, in the diaspora, and in the refugee camps – will remain fortified in its historical right to self-determination on its land and will not leave, regardless of the price…
He added: ‘Over 100 years ago, Britain facilitated the process of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and with blatant contempt for the global principles of justice, it celebrated this “event” last year and adhered to and took pride in its colonialist error and its denial of our Palestinian people’s rights. Unfortunately, the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) still inspires the occupation to continue the acts of ethnic cleansing and eliminating the Palestinian presence, alongside the unlimited support of the American administration and its peace team in eliminating the Palestinian cause and redefining it according to a modern colonialist criterion.’”

Saeb Erekat also serves as Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Chief Negotiator.
PLO official and PA congratulate Arab residents of Jerusalem for boycotting the municipal elections, calling the boycott a “slap on the cheek” for Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2018
Headline: "Official bodies welcome the slap on the cheek that the residents of Jerusalem gave the occupation in its municipal elections"

"PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat expressed his appreciation of the firm historic position of the members of our people who are residents of Jerusalem, who did not participate in the occupation's municipal elections in Jerusalem, and refused to legitimize the rule of the occupation, which is implementing a colonialist policy in the city…
The [PA] national unity government congratulated the members of our people who are standing firm in occupied Jerusalem, our eternal capital, for thwarting the latest plot of the occupation, which attempted to have them participate in the occupation's municipal elections."

Saeb Erekat also holds the position of PLO Chief Negotiator.
PLO Chief Negotiator condemns FIFA decision to suspend Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 25, 2018
Headline: "Erekat condemns FIFA’s decision against Rajoub and calls on it to reexamine it"

"Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat condemned the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision against [Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association and Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub (FIFA suspended him for a year and fined him 20,000 Swiss francs for incitement; see note below –Ed.).
In a statement he published today (Saturday) [Aug. 25, 2018], Erekat called on FIFA to reexamine the decision, especially in light of the fact that they did not listen to testimony and did not examine the evidence that Rajoub's legal advisor requested [they examine].

He expressed sorrow that the claims and pressures that groups of settlers applied to FIFA succeeded, while the Palestinian bodies were struggling to rein in the policy of Israel – the occupying power – to politicize sport and abuse it in order to whitewash its illegal actions…

He said: 'We condemn Rajoub's sentence and wonder at it, at a time when six football teams that play in the Israeli league on the land of the occupied State of Palestine, which come from illegal colonial settlements, need to be sentenced."
PLO official: US bill to reduce the number of recognized Palestinian refugees is “unacceptable and illegal” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 31, 2018
Headline: "After the cessation of its assistance to UNRWA – the US attempts to reduce the number of refugees"

"Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said that the American plan to legislate a new law, which would recognize only 40,000 refugees instead of 5.2 million, is an unacceptable and illegal matter, which cannot affect the current situation one iota.
Erekat added that the move initiated by American Senator (sic., Representative) Doug Lamborn 'is an inseparable part of the deal of the century (referring to US President Donald Trump's as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.), whose goal is to annul the refugees' right [of return], and it is consistent with the racist [Israeli] nation-state law (see note below –Ed.), which constitutes the cornerstone of the suspicious deal.'
He emphasized that the refugees' rights are protected in accordance with UN Resolution 194."

In July 2018 US Representative Doug Lamborn proposed a bill to limit US money allocated to UNRWA until it works to resettle only the original Palestinian refugees.

Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calendar.

UN Resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return."


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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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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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