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PLO official on International Women’s Day blesses female terrorists, PA working to “put an end to all forms of discrimination and violence” against women

Headline: “International Women’s Day – a diligent struggle for rights and equality”

“PLO Executive Committee Secretary Saeb Erekat blessed the Palestinian women and all women of the world for International Women’s Day…

Erekat recalled the stages of the Palestinian women’s struggle throughout their long historical presence on the land of Palestine, the latest of which was their resolve and brave national and collective struggle together with their people against the Israeli-American plot: the deal of the century (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan; see note below)…

Erekat repeated that the State of Palestine is committed to upholding its international obligations regarding women’s rights and abolishing all forms of discrimination against them…

The [PLO] Executive Committee secretary blessed the female prisoners in the prisons and the Martyrs' mothers. He expressed Palestine’s pride in the sacrifices they have made in order to achieve our people’s legitimate rights: implementation of the [Palestinian] state’s sovereignty in the 1967 borders with its capital of Jerusalem, and ensuring the refugees’ right of return according to UN Resolution 194 (see note below –Ed.)…

The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates blessed the Palestinian women who are defending the national rights for March 8, International Women’s Day. It said that the Palestinian struggle against the plots that are being woven against the Palestinian people will not be complete without the women’s participation…

The ministry emphasized the Palestinian women and young women's right to live securely and peacefully, like the rest of the women of the world, and to enjoy the rights guaranteed by the national and international sources of authority, foremost among them the right to self-determination, the right of return, and the right to independence. [The ministry also emphasized their right] to enjoy the necessary legal defense against the systematic and extensive violation of their rights by the colonialist Israeli occupation…

[The ministry] emphasized that the occupation is the main obstacle before the Palestinian women and young women in everything connected to implementing their rights, advancement, achieving self-reliance, and participating in developing the society…

For International Women’s Day, the ministry emphasized that the State of Palestine is making efforts to improve the state of the Palestinian women’s rights and to put an end to all forms of discrimination and violence against them.”

Saeb Erekat also serves as Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Chief Negotiator.

UN Resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues that the resolution only calls for a limited return and only under certain conditions, especially focusing on the words "wishing to return... and live at peace with their neighbors."

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