AFP/File / Abbas Momani Palestine Liberation Organisation second in command Saeb Erakat has demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden
AFP/File / Abbas Momani Palestine Liberation Organisation second in command Saeb Erakat has demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden

Palestine on Wednesday slammed senior U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for remarks supporting settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.

During the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday, Pompeo said that the U.S. will take action against the UN Human Rights Council “blacklist” of the businesses working in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

“Pompeo chose to criticize the parties that criticize the American bias and champion international law and legitimacy,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

“He poured his outrage on the UN Human Rights Council and threatened to carry out punitive measures to all those who harm American companies working in settlements,” it said.

The ministry warned that Pompeo’s remarks undermine any chance for achieving peace based on the two-state solution and on international terms of reference. Enditem

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