Responding to what he described as “distortions and lies” by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, about Palestine’s capital, Jerusalem, Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stressed that East Jerusalem, with its old city and holy places, is the capital of Palestine, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported.

“The conspiracy of the century specified that Abu Dis and Kufr Aqab can be named as Palestine’s capital,” Erekat said in reference to the American so-called deal of the century and the two East Jerusalem neighborhoods that fall beyond Israel’s apartheid barrier, which Friedman said in a press interview will be the capital of the future state of Palestine when he said the capital will be “in Jerusalem”, but not Jerusalem.

“East Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, is the old city of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, all quarters, the seven gates, Musrara, Salah Aldin St.; 6 square kilometers occupied since 1967. This is Jerusalem the Capital of the State of Palestine,” he said in reference to the total area of East Jerusalem inside and outside the old city.

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