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Abbas Re-elected as Chairman of the PLO

Abbas Re-elected as Chairman of the PLO

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been re-elected as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Abbas, who has faced accusations of anti-Semitism before, suggested in a rambling address to a rare meeting of the Palestinian National Council on Monday night that the Holocaust was a result of Jews' "social behavior, [charging interest], and financial matters".

The PLO, an umbrella group which is dominated by Abbas´s Fatah party and includes most Palestinian factions but not Hamas, represents the Palestinians internationally.

This was the first PNC meeting in 22 years.

But the event was overshadowed by comments made by Abbas during his opening speech in which he appeared to blame Jewish behaviour for their persecution in Europe.

Israel threatens to target kite-flying Gazan protesters
The Palestinians and human rights groups have criticised Israel for using live fire against the protesters. The army confirmed the drone losses. "The matter is being looked into", a statement from the army said.


The PLO parliament also backed Mr Abbas's positions in several resolutions early on Friday, including rejecting the idea of a Palestinian state within provisional borders.

The PNC chose a new Executive Committee, the most senior body of the PLO.

By a show of hands, congress participants also endorsed 15 of the Executive Committee's 18 members, with the remaining three seats intended for Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The PNC was convened by Abbas in part to forge a strategy in response to US President Donald Trump's decisions to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and to move the US embassy to the city.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, has dismissed the PNC meeting.


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