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Members of Arabic, Jewish Communities Mark Shutdown of PLO Office

Arab American Institute President John Zogby referred to the plight of the Palestinians as 'the wound in the heart of the Arab world that has never healed'

President Donald Trump leaves after chairing a United Nations Security Council meeting on September 26, 2018
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Members of Arabic, Jewish and Christian communities gathered at the shuttered office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington DC on Wednesday to bid their final farewells to the building.

The Trump administration announced in September that the PLO office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the International Criminal Court. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton made the announcement last month, saying that the office was was being ordered closed out of concern about Palestinian attempts to prompt an ICC investigation of Israel.

On Wednesday a variety of people representing Arabic, Jewish and Christian communities spoke on behalf of the Palestinian people.

Arab American Institute President John Zogby referred to the plight of the Palestinians as "the wound in the heart of the Arab world that has never healed."

Closing of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Washington mission

After his September announcement, Bolton said he did not believe the closure of the PLO office in Washington would shut the door on a long-delayed Arab-Israeli peace plan that Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has been developing for months.