PLO suspends recognition of Israel

Ramallah, Palestine, Oct. 30 (Antara/Anadolu-OANA) - The Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said late Monday it is suspending its recognition of Israel until it recognizes a state of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to Palestines official Wafa news agency.

Following a two-day meeting in Ramallah, the council said the PLO and Palestinian Authority will also end security coordination and suspend economic agreements as set out under the 1994 Paris Economic Protocol. It also decided to revoke the validity of the Oslo Accords.

The council said the decision was made "in light of Israel?s continued denial of the signed agreements".

The decision must be approved by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO Executive Council.

The Israeli army martyred a Palestinian man on Sunday in the northern coastal area of the Gaza Strip amid ongoing demonstrations against Israels air, land, and sea blockade.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for Palestines Health Ministry, said in a written statement that Mohammad abu-Ibadah (27) was shot dead by the Israeli army during a demonstration on Sunday.

Gazas National Committee for Breaking the Siege launched the event from the Gaza Strips northern coast, not far from the heavily fortified Gaza-Israel buffer zone.

It was the 13th time this year Gaza activists held the event, in which boats slowly approach the maritime border before hastily retreating in the face of intense machine-gun fire.

Israel first imposed its Gaza blockade in 2006, after Palestinian movement Hamas, which supports armed resistance against Israel?s decades-long occupation, swept Palestinian legislative polls.

The following year, Israel ratcheted up the blockade after Hamas seized the entire Gaza Strip -- which it still holds today -- from rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

Still in effect, the blockade has crippled Gaza?s economy, depriving the enclave?s more than 2 million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

Source: ANTARA News

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