2005-05-06 / Community

Weiner: Close PLO Office In Washington

Representative Anthony Weiner has introduced legislation to close the Washington D.C. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Despite a history of supporting terror in the Middle East, the PLO is currently allowed to occupy an office on K Street, minutes from the White House and U.S. Capitol.

 Last month, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas invited known terrorist groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to join the PLO coalition, making them eligible candidates for the next Palestinian Authority election. Over the last four years, Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 innocent civilians, including more than 40 Americans.

The State Department has repeatedly documented the participation of PLO factions, such as Tanzim, Fatah, and Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, in these acts of violence.

Weiner’s bill calls for the closure of the PLO office in Washington, D.C., until the Palestinian leadership commits to disarming terrorists and bringing violence in the Middle East to an end.

“The PLO has a history of supporting violence and stalling the peace process,” said Rep. Weiner. “Until Palestinian leadership proves willing and able to stop the violence, the PLO should not be welcome in our nation’s capital.”

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