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PLO Secretary Erekat calls Israeli Arabs a “thorn in the throat” of Israel

Headline: “Marking the International Day of Palestinian Rights in the interior, the West Bank, Gaza and several capital cities”

“The Palestinian people marked the International Day of Palestinian Rights within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) in two ceremonies held simultaneously in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip…
The main ceremony was held at the Ramallah Culture Palace and was attended by PLO Executive Committee members, Fatah Central Committee members, a number of senior officials, Ministers and Palestinians from the interior (i.e., Israel).
PLO Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat stated in a speech at the ceremony: ‘The acts of the Israeli government against our people in the interior – a racist policy, threats to demolish 50,000 homes under the pretext of unlicensed construction, demolishing the village Al-Araqeeb (i.e., an illegal village) 93 times in 5 years, and discrimination in education, housing and jobs – will not succeed in breaking the willpower of our people in the interior. They will remain a thorn in the throat of the occupation state, which strives to become a Jewish state.’

He added: ‘The acts of the occupation government in the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the interior are meant to establish one racist state with two [separate] regimes for Jews and for Palestinians, such as the racist regime in South Africa in the nineties of the past century.”