PA Slams US State Department for Removing It from Country List

US President Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: File)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has slammed the US State Department for removing it from its online list of countries, saying the move constitutes yet more evidence of the US’ alignment with the Israeli right-wing.

Previously the State Department website featured the “Palestinian Territories” under its “Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs: Countries & Areas” web page, where it offered information about the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip.

However, the newly-updated webpage now makes no mention of the occupied territories or to Palestine, referring to Palestinians only once on the “Israel” subpage.

Asked about the change during a press conference at the G7 meeting in France yesterday, US President Donald Trump said “you can ask Mike Pompeo”, referring to the US Secretary of State.

The State Department yesterday issued a statement stressing that the move did not constitute a change in US policy, saying only that the website “is being updated”. Pompeo does not seem to have responded to the change.

(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)

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  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that the US Gov’t has always been an enemy of Palestine. So it don’t matter what the US Gov’t does Palestine will be supported by the majority of people in the USA and around the world.That support will continue.The US Gov’t can’t stop people from supporting Palestine and not recognizing Israel.Palestine will continue to have worldwide support no matter what the US Gov’t does about it.

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