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Senior PLO official insinuates that Israel is responsible for "extreme terror in the region"

Headline: “Erekat met with a delegation from the American J Street organization”
“Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat met with a delegation of American congress members that included Karis (sic., Karen) Bass from California, Don Bayer from Virginia, Keith Ellison from Minnesota, Robin Kelly from Illinois, and [Sean] Patrick Malofey (sic., Maloney) from New York, part of a delegation from the American organization J Street, led by Jeremy Ben Ami and a number of the organization’s leaders…
Erekat expressed the Palestinian leadership’s support for the French initiative, and also expressed hope that the international community would begin to demand an accounting from the occupying authority (Israel) [parentheses in source], if it wants to defeat the extreme terror in the region. Likewise, he emphasized that peace and stability in the region will begin by drying up the swamp of the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a permanent solution of all the issues, including the refugees and the prisoners, on the basis of the relevant resolutions of the international bodies.”