'Erekat accuses Qatar of investing in settlements'

After "PaliLeaks," PA negotiator plans to release documents proving Al-Jazeera-owning emirate contributed to Israeli W. Bank construction.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 8, 2011 12:58
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Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat gives a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Erekat 311. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Chief Palestinian Authority negotiatior Saeb Erekat threatened on Monday to expose documents that show Qatar invested in Israeli settlements, Maan news reported.

"The time will come in future to reveal these documents," he reportedly said.

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Erekat explained that over 24 percent of the Israeli companies working in the Karnei Shomron area rely on investments worth millions of dollars from Qatar.

Erekat spoke during a panel at An-Najah National University in Nablus on the effect of the "Palestine Papers" released by Al-Jazeera.

He reportedly said the PA would submit a complaint to the International Federation of Journalists in the next two weeks. Erekat explained that he does not "oppose scoops or getting information" but said media "should avoid distortion," Maan reported.

After the Palestinian documents were released by the Qatari news channel, Erekat said Al-Jazeera is running "a campaign targeting President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA at a time when we are going to the UN Security Council regarding the settlements.”



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