President Uhuru Kenyatta has received criticisms from two leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organisation for his recent visit to Israel, The Palestine News Network reports.
The trip, which is the first by a Kenyan leader in 22 years, has stirred controversies. Not just about Mr. President describing the whole nation as being smart criminals, PLO heads say it is no observance of Kenya’s obligations as a UN state.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the organisation, Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said:
Such behaviours boost the Israeli occupation and create a position of collusion between Kenya and the Israeli occupation.
Mr Ashrawi added that:
The African Union need to make known its stance against such dealings with Israel
The PLO official called on the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to respond in a similar way against President Kenyatta’s visit to Israel.
Furthering, Ashrawi revealed that the Kenyan leader did not visit any of the areas occupied by Palestinian, nor meet with any representative of Palestinian National Authority.
Mr Kenyatta visited an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank where he addressed Kenyan students.
PLO Secretary General Dr Saeb Erekat said:
No one has the right to visit in these territories without an advance coordination with the Palestinian leadership.
Frowning heavily at the trip, Dr Erekat explained that President Kenyatta’s three-day visit to Israel, where he lashed at Kenyans, describing them as experienced at stealing, didn’t comply with Kenya’s obligations.
He hinted precisely that the country’s obligation not to recognise as lawful a situation created through the illegal use of force and other violations of peremptory norms under international law, was breached.