The Palestinian Liberation Organization has accused the US of a new level of pressure and of being ‘spiteful’ after the family of its envoy had their visas annulled following the closure of the PLO office.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, said on Sunday that the US “has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level.”
— Maurice Gilmore (@fightnarmadillo) September 18, 2018
She lambasted Washington’s decision to banish Ambassador Husam Zomlot’s wife and their two children from the country.
Arguing that the move “goes against diplomatic norms”, she said:
“As if the announcement that the US would close our office in Washington DC was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful.”
Palestinian envoy in D.C. says U.S. revoked his and his family's visas, ordered them to leave https://t.co/TEQikaGQaW
— Mina Kamel (@minafkamel) September 18, 2018
“Children, spouses, and family have nothing to do with political rows.”
Said, 7, and Alma, 5, had to be pulled from their school in Washington DC last week and left the US for Palestine.
Trump Administration Revokes Visas For Palestinian Envoy https://t.co/7Cwf07126j
— Tribune World News (@TribuneWorld) September 18, 2018
Washington’s move to kick the ambassador’s entire family out of the US comes after it gave the PLO’s staff until October 13 to pack up and vacate its leased office in Washington DC.
(RT, PC, Social Media)