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PLO official: Israel's crimes are "more serious than the crimes of fascism and Nazism"

Headline: “Ramallah: A demonstration against the American House of Representatives resolution and Trump[‘s decision] to transfer the embassy to occupied Jerusalem”
       “Citizens led by leaders and representatives of the national activity forces and popular activists demonstrated yesterday evening [Jan. 10, 2017] at Al-Manara Square in the center of Ramallah against the American House of Representatives resolution regarding [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 (i.e., the House of Representatives rejected UN resolution 2334 on Jan. 5, 2017), and against the statements of US President-elect Donald Trump, who called to transfer Washington’s embassy to Jerusalem as a priority of American foreign policy…
Palestinian Liberation Front (i.e., a PLO faction) political bureau member Abu Saleh Hashem said that the demonstration is a prelude to a series of activities, whose goal is to express popular protest alongside the official protest against the American policy, and to warn against transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem.
He added that Trump’s transferring of the embassy will be a hostile position and a declaration of war against our people and our Arab and Islamic nation, which by necessity will cause damage to the American interests in the region, due to [the American administration] being a partner of the occupation.”
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UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace." It demanded that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the area. The resolution further said “it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines” other than changes made through negotiations, in reference to the 1949-1967 ceasefire line between Israel and the neighboring Arab countries following Israel's 1948 War of Independence.
The resolution called “upon all States… to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.” It also called "to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as acts of provocation and destruction... and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism," and noted the obligation of "the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities."
The US abstained instead of vetoing the resolution, in a breach of longstanding US policy of not allowing the UN to force conditions on Israel in place of direct negotiations. This policy change came during US President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office.

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