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Communiqué of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine about Results of the 23rd Session of the Palestinian National Council
 

"Session on Jerusalem and the safeguard of legality"

The resolutions establish a solid base for unity of our people’s forces vis-à-vis challenges, and the main thing is to respect results and to implement them.

Masses of our people everywhere:

The works of the 23rd Session of the Palestinian National Council concluded surrounded by a great national, regional and international interest, in the midst of junctures surrounding our cause with challenges and dangers that threaten Palestinian national rights by way of the aggressive US-Israeli alliance the aim of which is to liquidate them. This meeting takes place in the midst of a boycott and a questioning of its legitimacy and efficacy, after the failure of the DFLP’s efforts to achieve a unionist session with the participation of every party, because our people and all their allies and friends in the world had their eyes set on this session of the supreme authority of the Palestinian people and its position with respect to the “Deal of the Century”, while expecting results from the meetings with respect to the political as well as struggling options and alternatives, in particular dealing with vital issues such as reconciliation, putting an end to division and recovering unity.

The DFLP took an active part in the session, assuming all the patriotic responsibility that it entails, fully aware of the importance of its position, seeing in this forum the scenario of perseverating, principled struggle against attempts at failure to comply with the resolutions of the Central Council and to insist on sticking to illusions about being able to continue on the path of Oslo, and to converge halfway with US policy.

Debates spun around political alternatives on which our people will be able to count in order to confront the US-Israeli alliance and the Deal of the Century; in the midst of attempts to adopt “the president´s viewpoint” as a basis of the opposition vis-à-vis the DFLP’s insistence and the large number of members that called on the adoption of the resolutions taken by the Central Council and on their development to the point of implementing a national strategic alternative, while the Gaza Strip and the punitive measures that it was subjected to became the focal point of interest of the discussions, together with other issues such as the living conditions of our people in the fields of the diaspora, the question of Jerusalem, prisoners, freedoms, reconciliation and putting an end to division and ways and means to reactivate and reform the PLO.

The resolutions emanating from this session expressed the longings of the widest sectors of the Palestinian people with respect to reforming its representative institution and to develop its functioning as well as to decide its political options. Consequently, it represented and important historical landmark that allows for the reunification of all the forces and potentials of the Palestinian people with a view to enroll it into the battle for taking away from them our freedom, our independence and out return. This becomes obvious in the following axes and matters:

At a Political Level:

• The Council expressed its rejection with respect to President Trump’s decision, reaffirming that in so doing the US administration lost its condition as mediator and sponsor of the peace process, and could only recover its condition as partner in the process through the annulment by President Trump of his decision on Jerusalem.

• The relationship of the Palestinian people and State with Israel is a relationship of confrontation between, on the one side, the Palestinian people and State under occupation and, on the other, the occupying force, with the implication of the inescapable revision of every commitment undertaken, that are counter-productive in everything having to do with the effects of this situation. In this context, a rejection was expressed with respect to all the stage-by-stage solutions, the State of provisional borders, as well as the non-acceptance of the inclusion of issues such as Jerusalem, refugees, colonies and borders under other names.

• To declare null and void the transition period and the commitments incurred upon during said period.

• To work towards the implementation of the sovereignty of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the borders before June 4, 1967, and on the basis of the unity and integrity of the territory of the State of Palestine, and to reject every sort of division or contrary faits accomplis.

• To suspend the recognition of the State of Israel until the State of Palestine is recognized on the borders before June 4, 1967 and the annulment of the decision to annex East Jerusalem and to put an end to colonization.

• To cease security coordination with Israel and to be free from the relationship of dependency, and to reaffirm the need to adopt a commitment to start this process.


At an International Level:

To strengthen the position of the State of Palestine by increasing its international recognition, and to work towards achieving full UN membership, requesting to join the various international organs and agencies.

• To resort to every instrument of International Law to make the State of Israel accountable for its violations, and to take the issue of Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court, demanding the immediate opening of investigations to process Israeli officials for their atrocities.

• To work towards assuring international protection for the Palestinian people under occupation by virtue of the mandatory and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

• To confront the insistence of the occupying authorities (Israel) to obtain the condition of Non-Permanent Member of the Security Council.

Jerusalem

The National Council reiterated the need to create conditions for the firmness and resistance of our people in Jerusalem, and the need to support its struggle under the leadership of a unified national referent.

The Struggle and Popular Resistance

The unanimous position of pursuing the path of popular resistance has been highly valued, underlining that this does not substitute other forms of struggle recognized as legitimate by International Law, while lauding the Intifada of the Youth and the solidarity movement with the prisoners’ strike and the Al-Aqsa Intifada in defense of the Al-Aqsa mosque, as a continuation of the Intifadas and resistances of our people.

Reconciliation and the Palestinian Internal Situation

• The Council reaffirmed the priority of putting an end to internal division, reiterating the unity of the territory of the State of Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the annulment of all measures of punishment imposed on the Gaza Strip and adopting a Plan of National Salvation for Gaza.

• To establish mechanisms of implementation of the Central Council resolution with a view to have women represented at a ratio of no less than 30% in every institution.

• To call on every national and international institution to undertake a follow-up of the issues of prisoners in all fora until they are freed. It emphasized its support of administrative prisoners and condemned the retention of the bodies of martyrs, making a call for unconditional rendering and opposed the North-American blackmail and insisted on the need to continue to provide all forms of support and attention to the families of martyrs, prisoners and the wounded.

• To respect public freedoms, including those of expression, publication, reunion and demonstration, as well as all citizens’ rights derechos validated in the Declaration of Independence, the Fundamental Law and the protection of freedom of justice and the rule of law.

The Reform of PLO Institutions

The National Council asserted that this would be the last session that it holds in its present version and under its present constitution, thus, preparations will be made for a new session of a new council (of 350 members), to be composed through elections according to the principle of full percentage representation, or through national conciliation wherever elections would be difficult to hold, in accordance with the decisions of the national dialogue.

The Fields of Refuge and of Banishment

• To work with the international parties and the host countries for the reconstruction of the camps that have suffered destruction and damages after their occupation by shadowy forces, and firstly the camps of Yarmouk and Nahr El-Bared, and to defend the rights of refugees in the countries of refuge, in the most convenient way that would preserve for them a dignified and free living to consolidate their demand of the right to return.

• To denounce the North-American threats of suspending their financial commitment with the UNRWA and their attempts of de-linking from the tragedy of refugees after the USA has been a major party in committing that crime.

The DFLP reiterates that the decisions of the Palestinian National Council represent a solid and feasible base to reunify all the Palestinian forces around the Program of Common Denominators and inalienable national rights and through the application of the principle of making the contradiction with the Israeli enemy and its practices prevail over all the secondary contradictions and divergences. Once again, it reaffirms that participation and the democratic struggle within the institutional framework is the means that carries most effective weight, while the boycott only stimulates the tendency to unilateral practices, vane negotiations, hegemony and a selfish impulse to hold a leading role. The DFLP affirms that the option of participation will not be alternative to the popular struggle with a view to pressurize through the popular movement to impose respect on the decisions of national unanimity and their implementation, as well as to reform and democratize the PLO and to reactivate the functionality of its institutions.

The Palestinian National Council already overcame and left behind the dangers of which the DFLP warned, among them the adoption of a political low-threshold political program in accordance with the view expressed by the president in his address before the UN Security Council (on February 20) and adopted, in a firm and creative manner, the resolutions of the two last sessions of the Central Council, and the PNC was able to overcome vis-à-vis the threats of entrenching division and left doors open for the continuation of reconciliation efforts, and crowned and consolidated its efforts with the decision to annul sanctions imposed on Gaza and the adoption of a salvation plan and the immediate decision of the President of paying salaries.

It is logical that political as well as organizational decisions of the National Council should reflect the percentage of forces that compose it; nevertheless, they would be under the influence of the masses and respond to their pressures. The PNC decisions represent a step of utmost historical importance, even though the struggle has not been circumscribed to these limits, since the lesson and the moral lies in the implementation and the commitment. In this context, the DFLP will continue to pursue its efforts with endurance to implement these decisions, through the struggle in the bosom of the national institution and its organs or through its role in the ranks of the mass movement. In this context, the DFLP will continue its efforts with determination and perseverance to put those decisions into practice, both through the struggle within the national institution and its organisms or through its role in the ranks of the mass movement.

We shall struggle together to put an end to division and to recover national unity!
Eternal Glory to the martyrs of our people and their revolution!
Freedom for the prisoners in the jails of occupation!

DFLP Central Information Office
May 5, 2018

 

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