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        1/12/2014, Shevat 11, 5774

      Ashrawi: Recognition of Israel Legitimization of Racism

      Alternative Information Center reports Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi said on Saturday that Israel's demand that the PA recognize it as a Jewish state is an attempt to “legalize racism.”

      Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, said that Israel wants to "create a narrative that denies the Palestinian Arab presence, rights, and continuity on the historic Palestinian Arab lands." She also claimed that “Jewish state" recognition would exempt Israel from its responsibility toward the  Palestinian refugees who were pushed out of their homes in 1948, says AIC.

      Also on Saturday, adds AIC, the PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated that without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian Arab state, there will be "no peace between us and Israel."