PLO issues Passover greetings to Israelis
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PLO issues Passover greetings to Israelis

Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society expresses wish for Palestinian freedom, a state and peace

Illustrative photo of an Israeli family seen during the Passover seder meal on the first night of the eight-day long Jewish holiday, in Tzur Hadassah on April 22, 2016. (Nati Shohat/Flash 90)
Illustrative photo of an Israeli family seen during the Passover seder meal on the first night of the eight-day long Jewish holiday, in Tzur Hadassah on April 22, 2016. (Nati Shohat/Flash 90)

The Palestine Liberation Organization issued Passover greetings in Hebrew on Wednesday, wishing liberty and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The greeting, released by the PLO’s Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, wished a “happy holiday that will hopefully bring liberty to the Palestinian people, and new beginnings with the establishment of a Palestinian state, and peace with our Israeli neighbors.”

The Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society was set up by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in December 2012, after the PA won non-member observer status at the United Nations.

It is headed by Abbas’s close confidant Muhammad al-Madani, who is a member of the Fatah Central Committee and a former governor of Bethlehem.

The committee’s members have met with a broad swath of Israeli civil society, including journalists, activists and clergy. They frequently organize meetings between Israelis and PA officials, including with Abbas.

In 2016 the committee opened a Facebook called “Palestine in Hebrew,” in order to reach out to Israelis.

Abbas representative Muhammad Al-Madani addressing the Prague Forum, March 23, 2014 (photo credit: courtesy/AJEEC-NISPED)
Abbas representative Muhammad Al-Madani addressing the Prague Forum, March 23, 2014 (Courtesy AJEEC-NISPED)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman revoked Madani’s entry permit into Israel in June 2016. Liberman said at the time that Madani was carrying out “subversive activity within Israeli society that included an attempt to establish political parties.”

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