PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi recently met with a visiting delegation of Palestinian business and civil society leaders from Chile at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah, and welcomed them to Palestine.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Ashrawi called on the members of the delegation to maintain a link to Palestine and to engage in a joint discourse and projects with Palestine: “In light of Israeli efforts to eradicate the Palestinian identity and erase our strong connection to the land, history and culture, I am extremely encouraged by Palestinian expatriates, exiles and refugees who return to their homeland and are ready to invest in Palestine in a variety of ways. We are not ready to disappear or abandon our rights.

By returning to Palestine and maintaining your links to the homeland, you are reaffirming the Palestinian connection to the land and our right to exist in freedom and in dignity.”

According to the PNN, Dr. Ashrawi led a candid discussion on the Israeli state’s unilateral violations of international law and Palestinian rights, and the systematic efforts to destroy the chances for peace and stability.

In addition, Dr. Ashrawi answered questions on the escalation of the illegal settlement enterprise and the latest political developments.

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