After the BBC News website’s publication of an article on January 14th in which parts of a speech made by the PA president Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the heads of the PLO were heavily censored, the BBC’s English-speaking audiences saw no further reporting from that two-day event and hence remain unaware of the decisions taken by the Palestinian Central Council.
“Palestinian leaders voted on Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel, and to suspend security coordination with Israel, as they met in response to US President Donald Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The vote ordered the Palestine Liberation Organisation to suspend its recognition of the Jewish state until Israel “recognizes the state of Palestine,” cancels its annexation of East Jerusalem, and stops settlement activity, a statement said.
It was unclear if the vote by the Palestinian Central Council, a high-ranking arm of the PLO, was binding, and a final decision is likely to rest with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. A previous vote by the council in 2015 to suspend security coordination with Israel was never implemented.”
Interestingly, although the BBC apparently did not find that story newsworthy enough to report to its English-speaking audiences, visitors to the BBC Arabic website on January 16th did find a lengthy Arabic language article on the subject.