There are many reasons that justify the announcement this week that the United States will be closing the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, D.C. But perhaps the main reason is the Palestinian refusal to stop supporting (and perpatrating) terror. JNS' Stephen M. Flatow, himself the father of a terror victim, writes that groups that support such evil should not be allowed in the U.S.:
The PLO is still a terrorist organization, and terrorists have no place in our nation’s capital.
The shutdown of the PLO office happens to have been ordered just days before the 25th anniversary of the Oslo accords on Sept. 13. The entire premise of those accords was that Yasser Arafat and the PLO had sincerely forsaken terrorism and were committed to living in peace with Israel.
It was on the basis of that premise that Israel withdrew from all of Gaza, as well as the portions of Judea-Samaria where 98 percent of the Palestinian Arabs reside. It was on the basis of that premise that Israel released thousands of imprisoned terrorists and permitted the Palestinian Authority to create a de facto army known as the Palestinian security forces. And it was on the basis of that premise that the United States began giving the P.A. $500 million each year.
If Arafat was genuinely committed to peace, why didn’t he just shut down the PLO? Why did the PLO need to continue to exist, now that there was a Palestinian Authority with its own territory to govern? Nobody asked that question. Nobody demanded the disbanding of the PLO. Big mistake.
Arafat kept the PLO in operation because he had not given up terrorism...