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PA Ministry of Information condemns decision to rename Yasser Arafat street as proof "that the occupation’s mentality is gripped with extremism"

Headline: “National condemnation of the removal of Martyr Arafat’s name from a street in Jatt"
     "The order given by the occupation's [Israeli] Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri to Jatt Council Chairman Muhammad Taher Watad to remove [former] President Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat’s name from a street in the village that was named after him years ago has awakened a sharp Palestinian condemnation and was described as a racist and hostile decision…
[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu ran an incitement campaign against the residents of the village of Jatt, which is in the Triangle (i.e., a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns and villages in northern Israel), for naming [a street] after the late president. He joined the chorus of inciters made up of reserve soldiers in the occupation's army, who sent a letter to the minister of the interior and demanded that he require the local council to remove the sign.
Netanyahu asserted that streets in the State of Israel will not be named after someone who murdered Jews. [Netanyahu added:] 'I spoke with Deri on the subject on Friday [March 3, 2017]. We will not allow streets in the State of Israel to be named after Yasser Arafat, Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, and others. We will take the necessary steps, and if necessary will also legislate a law on the matter.'
The Palestinian [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that naming a street in the village of Jatt that is within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) after Martyr Yasser Arafat angered Netanyahu in an unprecedented manner…
The ministry said in its statement: 'The late president [Arafat] is the one who began the path of peace with Israel, and he is the one that led the peace process between the two sides. Therefore, naming a street after him should not constitute a problem for any side in Israel, especially considering the fact that Jatt is an Arab village that gives its streets Arab names…’
The [PA] Ministry of Information said… in a press statement that the fact that Netanyahu is persecuting a people's memory and a homeland's history proves that the occupation’s mentality is gripped with extremism, and that [the occupation] practices racism even when the matter concerns the names of streets and squares, while it glorifies murderers and holds ceremonies to celebrate terrorists…
The Fatah Movement said that the decision to forbid naming a street after leader Martyr Yasser Arafat in the Arab town of Jatt in the Triangle is a position that is hostile to peace and its symbols."
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