RAMALLAH, PALESTINE (April 11, 2017) -- PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said:
“On behalf of the PLO Executive Committee, we strongly deplore Israel’s deportation of Chilean-Palestinian lawyer and Executive Director of the Palestinian Federation of Chile (Federación Palestina de Chile) Anwar Makhlouf.
Yesterday Mr. Makhlouf who was leading an annual delegation to familiarize Chileans of Palestinian descent with Palestine and to celebrate Easter in the Holy Land was prohibited from entering Palestine through the King Hussein border crossing and deported back to Jordan by Israeli authorities.
The deportation of Mr. Makhlouf, who is committed to BDS, a legitimate form of nonviolent and peaceful resistance, is a blatant and crude exercise of power and a form of political siege.
Israel’s treatment of Palestine as an internal issue and its attempts to isolate the Palestinian people from the rest of the world reaffirm the urgent need for international intervention; Israel should not be given a free hand to constantly slight the world and get away with it.
We call on Chile to hold Israel accountable for the deportation of Mr. Makhlouf and to define its political and trade relations with Israel accordingly.”