Saeb Erekat, PLO Secretary-General, dead at 65

Saeb Erekat (Photo: Issam Rimawi / Flash 90)

Top Palestinian Authority negotiator and PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat dies a month after being infected with the coronavirus.

Saeb Erekat, the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the top negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, died Tuesday morning. He was 65.

Erekat was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem last month, after he was infected with the coronavirus.

A survivor of pulmonary fibrosis, Erekat was at elevated risk for the coronavirus, and was listed in serious condition when he was admitted to the hospital.

Erekat was a frequent and vicious critic of Israel, accusing Israel of “war crimes”, “massacres”, and “genocide”.


In 2013, Erekat accused Israel of applying a policy of “apartheid” in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

(Arutz 7).

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