Arab League condemns evicting Palestinian lawmakers

10:26, June 21, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The Arab League (AL) on Sunday condemned an Israeli decision to expel four Palestinian lawmakers from Jerusalem.

The pan-Arab organization described in a statement the decision as a "severe blow to democracy and a defiance of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention," Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

The statement called for the international Quartet, the United Nations and international organizations to compel Israel to reverse the decision.

Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Sunday unveiled contacts between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Washington to press Israel not to evict the Hamas lawmakers from Jerusalem.

Eviction of the four members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) was "a severe violation of agreements" between the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Israel, the senior Palestinian diplomat said.

Earlier in June, Israel announced four Hamas-aligned PLC members, namely Mohammad Abu Tir, Mohammas Totah, Khaled Abu Arafa and Ahmed Atoun were stripped of their residency rights and given one month to leave Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Local pupils tie the rice at Jindai Botanical Garden in Chofu, Japan, Sept. 28, 2011. A group of pupils reap the rice they planted this May in Jindai Botanical Garden on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)
  • A news conference on the nation's first space-docking procedure is held at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 28, 2011. The Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace 1," is scheduled to be sent into space late Thursday to perform the nation's first space-docking procedure. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)
  • Actors perform during a dancing opera about Confucius (551-497BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher, in Qufu, Confucius' hometown in east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Xu Suhui)
  • A volunteer greets journalists on the Media Public Day at Ellington field in Texas, the United States, Sept. 27, 2011. Journalists on Tuesday were invited to visit part of the airplanes for the upcoming air show. The 27th Houston Air Show will be held on Oct. 15-16 at Ellington field. (Xinhua/Song Qiong)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 28, 2011 shows flamingoes in the zoo of Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province. Some 30 newly-introduced African flamingoes walked out of cages for the first time on Wednesday to adapt their new life in the zoo. (Xinhua)
  • A model displays the costumes of Lacoste on the second day of the five-day Mercedes-Benz DFashion Mexico in Mexico City, Sept. 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Shi Sisi)
Hot Forum Discussion