PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat said that economic and political measures should be taken against the U.S. following the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He called for the Arab ambassadors to be recalled from Washington, for the Arab states to stop exporting oil to the U.S., and for the withdrawal of investments and deposits in American banks. Rafat, who was speaking on the Palestinian Authority's TV channel on December 12, further called for the Arab masses in all the Arab capitals to shut down U.S. Embassies there.
Saleh Rafat: "That man, whose name is Trump, is a businessman, a merchant. He believes in interests. Therefore, it is necessary to harm the economic and political interests of the U.S. administration that made this decision. Therefore, I am calling – as I've done in the past two or three days – for the recall of the Arab ambassadors from Washington, and for the Arab masses in all the Arab capitals to shut down the U.S. Embassies. I call upon the oil-exporting countries in our Arab world to stop all oil exports to the U.S.A. I call upon the Arab countries that have billions in deposits in the U.S., as well as investments in the billions over there, to withdraw their deposits and investments from the U.S."
Host: "This will impact the interests of the U.S. administration..."
Saleh Rafat: "Yes, it will affect its economic interests. I call upon the Arab countries to stop the American investments in some of the Arab countries, and to drive out the U.S. military bases."