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Senior Fatah official Rajoub: Normalization with Israel in sports and economy are taboo


Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub: "Once again, we hope that the Arab Summit will emphasize that normalization and ties with Israel – as long as Palestine is occupied – are taboo... We do not want to see Israelis in the Arab capitals – not for purposes of sports, not for purposes of economy, not for purposes of cooperation, and so on. As long as the Palestinian state has not been established, this must remain taboo."

Posted text on Rajoub's Facebook page: “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub in an interview with [Al-Arabiya affiliated Saudi TV] channel Al-Hadath on the position of Saudi Arabia, which opposes normalization with the occupation, and on the Palestinian position, which opposes participation in the Warsaw Conference.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association.

Rajoub made these remarks in connection with the Warsaw Conference – US-sponsored conference in Warsaw, Feb. 13-14, 2019, to discuss peace and security in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attending. The PA has refused to attend, and requested the Arabs boycott the conference.


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