Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center-Ein Kerem on Sunday, when his condition deteriorated after contracting coronavirus.
“Following his contraction of COVID-19, and due to the chronic health problems he faces in the respiratory system, Dr. Erekat’s condition now requires medical attention in a hospital,” the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Affairs Department said in a statement, Reuters reported.
Erekat, 65—who underwent a lung transplant in the United States in 2017—was seen being carried on a stretcher into an Israeli ambulance.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented years of Erekat’s incitement against Israel and support for terrorists. For example, Erekat, who is close to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, has defended paying salaries to convicted terrorists and their families.
He has also voiced support for the terrorist group, Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. In 2017, the official P.A. daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, quoted him as saying that Hamas is “an inseparable part of the Palestinian people and its struggle against the [Israeli] occupation.”
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