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US Revokes Visas For Palestinians Envoy and Family; PLO Calls Move 'Spiteful'

US Revokes Visas For Palestinians Envoy and Family; PLO Calls Move 'Spiteful'

Ambassador Dr. Husam Zomlot. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 16 September 2018 06:46 PM

The Trump administration has revoked visas for the Palestinian envoy to Washington and his family, just days after shutting the organization’s office in the U.S. capital, Palestinian officials said Sunday, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement saying the U.S. rescinded the visas of Ambassador Husam Zomlot’s wife and two children despite their being valid until 2020.

“As if the announcement that the U.S. would close our office in Washington D.C. was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful,” PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said in the statement. “The U.S. has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level. By deliberately targeting the family of Ambassador Zomlot, the U.S. administration has gone from cruel punishment to revenge against the Palestinians and their leadership even to the point of causing hardship to their innocent children and families."

Zomlot departed the U.S. in May after he was recalled to Ramallah to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Post reported.

The White House and the State Department did not respond to requests for comment about the visas, according to The Hill.

The State Department announced last week that it would close the PLO office because the Palestinians did not take steps "to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel," and also due to plans by the Palestinian Authority to bring charges against Israel for war crimes in the International Criminal Court.

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