Palestine Liberation Organization

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The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is an umbrella organization attempting to represent "Palestinian" Arabs in the disputed territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip). They have used violence and terrorism to achieve their goals such as in the Achille Lauro hijacking. The organization is considered a terrorist organization by the United States government.[1][2] Significant PLO factions or those associated with it are the Fatah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and al-Ṣāʿiqah.[3] Its current leader is Mahmoud Abbas.

History

The PLO was created in 1964 when the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were not under the control of Israel. Its original purpose was to “push the Jews into the sea” and the complete destruction of the Jewish state.

Its first leader was leftist Ahemd Shukairy (Ahmed Shukairy / Shukeiri)[4].

The PLO has been attacking Israeli civilians while using its own civilians as human shields[5][6]. A tactic continuing by Hamas and Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian Arab groups.

Asides from its war on Israel, at least during the mid 1970s through the 1980s, the PLO was at the heart of the international terrorist network.[7]

During the 1993 Oslo Accords the PLO under Yasser Arafat agreed to revise the covenant which had called for “the liquidation of the Zionist presence”. However, in a speech given to the Palestine Legislative Council he justified this step by referring to Muhammad’s Treaty of Hudaybiyah with the Koresh tribe. This peace pact was used by Muhammad to muster enough military strength to conquer the Koresh who would surrender without a single fight.[8]

In 2018 the PLO wanted to bring charges against Israel for war crimes to the International Criminal Court. Critics emphasize that this step is a subterfuge to avoid negotiations with Israel.[9] Consequently, on September 10, 2018 the Trump Administration announced it would close the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission in Washington, D.C.[10]

References

  1. http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/22C61.txt
  2. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode22/usc_sec_22_00005201----000-.html
  3. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Palestine-Liberation-Organization
  4. The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia, June 13,1967, p.4: Palestine Liberation Group Badly Mauled. By Michael Goldsmith, Beirut, Lebanon (AP). The Arab defeat in the Middle East war leaves a big question mark over the future of the Pafestine Liberation Organization and its firebrand leader -leftist Ahemd Shukairy. Shukairy narrowly escaped capture by Israeli forces in Jerusalem and many of his "Liberation Army" are now prisoners of the Israelis. "We will wipe Israel off the face of the map and no Jew will survive," Shukairy declared two days before the war broke out June 5. He vowed to lead the vanguard of his troops into the Israeli sector of Jerusalem and set up a "purely Arab government" there for all of Palestine.
  5. United States Policy Toward Lebanon-relief and Rehabilitation Assistance ... By United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. 1983. United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. p.131 THE PLO THREAT Israel has found in Lebanon enough PLO weapons to equip a massive army and to supply untold numbers of terrorist cadres... Arafat boasts of PLO terrorists serving in El Salvador, Angola and ...  In two ways however, the PLO was different from conventional armies. First, the PLO consciously attacked only civilians and, secondly, the PLO used civilians as human shields to protect itself. Anyone who has been to the small country of Israel knows that there are many military targets to be easily found.  .. Yet, the PLO could only find those “military" targets disguised as kibbutz nurseries, school buses, marketplaces or passenger airplanes. And the second factor that differentiates the PLO terrorist army from conventional armies is its hiding in the midst of civilian centers.  Israeli troops uncovered PLO arsenals, emplacements and bases in schools, mosques, and apartment basements.  According to Newsweek, June 14, Israeli soldiers in one engagement, were attacked by PLO fighters disguised as hospital patients.
  6. Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 1997. Yoram Dinstein, Fania Domb. 1998. p.101
  7. Midstream, Volume 30, 1984, p.6 The PLO was, and to a certain extent still is, at the heart of the international terrorist network. Final proof of this was provided by the documents that the Israelis during their offensive in Lebanon in the summer of 1982 captured from the PLO. These documents revealed that the PLO had sometimes directly intervened in the internal affairs of countries far from the territory it is trying to "liberate." The documents clearly proved that the PLO in West Beirut constituted the world headquarters for the terrorist war against the free world. One document, for example, recorded that meetings had taken place between the PLO and the Japanese Red Army, a terrorist organization conspiring against parliamentary democracy in Japan. In a meeting with the PLO, the Japanese Red Army promised to provide the PLO leadership with "information on the crises and the international situation in Japan" and also informed the PLO that they would give the “ addresses of several Asian solidarity committees which will be utilized. Other documents captured from the PLO showed its involvement in Libyan - led subversive activities in Niger and Mali. Some 10,000 terrorists and subversives from all over the world , including small and peaceful Holland, have  received training in PLO camps in Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, and South Yemen. And among those who have received training are Nicaraguan Sandinistas and Basque terrorists (ETA), who, because they speak the same language , have been cooperating. Most of these details became known after 1975.
  8. 'Why Israel Is The Victim,' Feb 11, 2013, FPM, David Horowitz
  9. Puder, Joseph (September 17, 2018). TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHUTTING DOWN PLO MISSION IN WASHINGTON. FrontpageMag. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  10. O'Reilly, Andrew (September 10, 2018). Trump administration closing PLO mission in Washington. Fox News. Retrieved September 10, 2018.