The Palestine Liberation Organization slammed Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Tuesday for being complicit in the Israeli occupation and in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assault on the rights of Palestinians.
The accusations come after President Hernandez visited Netanyahu in Jerusalem last week to discuss strengthening bilateral ties between Honduras and Israel.
“Palestine worried by visit of Honduran president to holy places.”
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat condemned Hernandez in a personal letter for going against international resolutions that recognize Jerusalem as a disputed territory and not as the capital of Israel.
“Diplomatic recognition of the situation created in an attempt to annex our capital is a flagrant violation of international legislation,” wrote Erekat in a letter to Hernandez, adding that the visit to Jerusalem suggested support for Israeli “colonization and apartheid.”
“His recent visit to occupied East Jerusalem has the effect of trying to legitimate the illegal situation on the ground and can be considered as an aid, incitement, or support for illegal Israeli policies,” Erekat wrote.
Hoy Israel y Honduras firmamos un acuerdo de cooperación para el desarrollo de ambas naciones, en diferentes temas. pic.twitter.com/1DGf5Xg94s— Juan Orlando H. (@JuanOrlandoH) October 29, 2015
“Today Israel and Honduras signed cooperation agreements for development in both countries in different areas.”
According to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, security forces in Honduras and Israel are in close and ongoing contact, The Jerusalem Post reported. Rivlin also thanked Hernandez’ government for offering Israel political support in international forums.
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It was Hernandez’s first visit to Israel as president, though he had previously been in Israel as a participant in an Israeli-sponsored youth leadership program in the 1990s, according to The Jerusalem Post.
“International Palestinian community will take the case of Juan Orlando Hernandez visiting the Western Wall to discuss in the Arab League.”
PLO’s Erekat told Hernandez in his letter that the matter of Honduras’ complicity in Israeli crimes will also be taken up in the Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference, the international body aimed at protecting the rights of Muslims worldwide.
Honduras, under the government of former President Porfirio Lobo, drew criticism from Israel in 2011 for breaking with political tradition to recognize and support the admission of the State of Palestine to the U.N. General Assembly.
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