PLO chief: No difference between IS and Israeli terrorism

PLO chief: No difference between IS and Israeli terrorism

Top PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat has called the ongoing expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank “terrorism,” even making comparisons between Israel and the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.

“There is no difference between the terrorism practiced by the group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Israel’s terrorism,” he said, referencing the leader of the IS group during a speech at a festival celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in Jericho on Monday.

He added that “ending settlement activities is a prerequisite for eliminating terrorism.”

Erekat also slammed Israel’s decision to withhold Palestinian tax revenues, confirming that Israeli threats would not deter the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people from holding firm to their inalienable rights including the establishment of an independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.

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