Today, Monday, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine published the text of the national initiative submitted by it for the Palestinian national dialogue in Algeria.
Below is the text of the initiative:
The text of the national initiative submitted by “Democracy” to the Algeria Dialogue
■The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine publishes, below, the full text of its national initiative, which it submitted to the factions and activists of national action and civil society, as well as to the national dialogue in Algeria, to end the division and give priority to the supreme national interest over factional, partisan and narrow factional interests.
An initiative presented by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
To all Palestinian national forces
“To end division and restore unity”
Dear brothers and comrades,
Salute to unity and common struggle
While the heroic resistance of our Palestinian people against the occupation in its various forms is escalating, a revival that continues despite its lack of political cover represented by a common program and unified leadership, it is impossible to reap the fruits of this resistance, and turn its field achievements into political results for the benefit of our Palestinian people, due to the exacerbating division in the national ranks. Rather, the achievements of the resistance are being squandered by turning them into a weapon in the internal struggle for power, influence and national leadership, and by escalating authoritarian repression aimed at curbing these attempts, which leads to deepening division and prevailing a state of fragmentation in the Palestinian political arena and consolidating hegemony and exclusivity. And the consolidation of this situation increases the lack of commitment to implement the decisions of the national consensus regarding the exit from the Oslo process, despite the verbal threats to it, which is eroding its credibility in the eyes of the people, as well as in the eyes of the international community.
On the other hand, the occupation’s incursion in plundering the land, expanding settlements, Judaizing Jerusalem, tightening the siege and repressing the citizens, is becoming more and more clear that the prospects for a political solution to end the occupation are becoming more and more unattainable. The current Israeli government is unanimous in ruling out any negotiations with the Palestinian side, in addition to its rejection of the establishment of the State of Palestine, not to mention the right of return and other national rights. In practice, it adopts the approach of “reducing the conflict,” which means replacing the political solution with economic and living facilities in exchange for maintaining the security of the occupation. And the US administration, despite its resumption of the verbal claim of adopting the “two-state solution”, excludes from its agenda any political effort to resolve the conflict on the basis of implementing the relevant international legitimacy resolutions, and content itself with seeking “confidence-building measures” that are the American translation of the “conflict reduction” approach. In addition, this administration seeks to induce a process of “normalization” with the regional environment.
Dear brothers and comrades,
In view of the seriousness of these challenges, the time has come to put an end to the state of destruction and internal fragmentation, which is on the verge of self-suicide and drains the energies of the whole patriot and enables the enemy to strengthen its positions by playing on the contradictions between the people. We launch this call from the bottom of our hearts and urge everyone to put the main contradiction with the occupying enemy above all else and to put the supreme national interest above all else. But, at the same time, we realize that any solution to end the division, in order to be realistic and feasible, must be balanced and take into account the positions of the various parties and reconcile them.
Based on this, we call for an immediate cessation of media exchanges between the two parties to the internal conflict, and an end to the practices of repression and political arrest, in preparation for the initiation of a comprehensive national dialogue that includes all the signatories to the reconciliation agreements, as well as independent, balanced and agreed national competencies, youth and women. The exchange of objective political criticism between the parties to the national situation remains necessary, as it constitutes a means to generalize the national dialogue so that it goes beyond the walls of closed rooms and engages the general masses of the people, and therefore it remains a legitimate matter, but provided that it stays away from hate speech and from the language of accusation and treason.
Our vision stems from a firm conviction that the basis for getting out of the crisis and the necessary entrance to the final salvation from the scourge of division and exclusivity, and building national unity on the basis of democratic partnership, is holding free, fair and comprehensive general elections for all the institutions of power and the PLO: the Legislative Council, the presidency and the National Assembly, in accordance with the system of full proportional representation, and ensuring that all respect its results. Elections are a democratic right for the citizen, in the homeland and in the diaspora. It has been confiscated for years and it is time for it to be returned to its owners. Elections are the guarantee for establishing national unity on a solid base represented by the will of the people, which is the source of legitimacy, and it is the way to rebuild the Palestinian political system and renew the structures. calcifying all our national institutions, pumping young blood into their veins, and strengthening the representation of youth and women in their formation. Therefore, the renewal of everyone’s commitment to the necessity of holding general elections should be the starting point for a comprehensive national dialogue.
However, previous experience teaches us that until the conditions for holding the elections are provided in a context that allows them to perform their functions, and in order for these conditions to be met, a transitional phase is necessary in which we overcome the current state of division and fragmentation and lay the foundation for a comprehensive reconstruction process through the elections. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, at the table of the comprehensive national dialogue, agrees on an integrated national plan that is translated into time-scheduled steps to be implemented in a manner that ensures parallelism and synchronization in the movement on two overlapping tracks: the path of ensuring comprehensive representation and national partnership in all PLO institutions, And the path to ending the division in the institutions of the Palestinian Authority.
First: The path of comprehensive representation and ensuring national partnership in all PLO institutions.
In the transitional period, the Central Council of the Liberation Organization will hold an extraordinary session, as it is empowered with the powers of the National Council in accordance with the decision of its twenty-third session of 2018, in which Hamas and Islamic Jihad are approved as factions in the PLO, and they are equitably represented in its membership in accordance with the generally accepted standards .
The Central Council elects an executive committee that embodies national consensus, and exercises its role as a unified leadership reference for the Palestinian people during the transitional period. The Executive Committee sets a binding system for holding its meetings, taking its decisions, and activating its departments. All parties are obligated to respect this system.
Second: The path to ending the division in the institutions of the Palestinian Authority
The formation of a national unity government that includes competencies from various active political forces willing to do so as well as independent personalities, and its program is based on the decisions of the national consensus that constitute the content of the PLO program, especially the National Accord Document, the decisions of the National and Central Councils, and the outcomes of the meeting of secretaries-general on 3/ 9/2020. These documents and decisions contain elements that will enable the incoming government to bypass the attempts of siege and boycott that some parties may resort to, a matter that the national interest requires that we all be careful in order for the government to perform its functions.
The government shall immediately exercise its full powers granted to it in accordance with the law in all governorates of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip without obstruction or interference from any political party.
All parties renew their commitment to implement previous agreements regarding resolving employee issues, unifying security agencies and the judiciary, preserving freedoms, social reconciliation, and unifying tax policies, provided that an arbitration committee is formed from unbiased and agreed national personalities, empowered to supervise the implementation process of these agreements. Deciding on any disputes that may arise in this context. All forces are obligated to accept the judgments and decisions issued by the committee and to facilitate their implementation.
A temporary security force will be formed, whose staff will be agreed upon by name, to secure the crossings and government headquarters in the Gaza Strip until the formation of the joint security force stipulated in the reconciliation agreements.
Third: Legislative and presidential elections and the completion of the formation of the new National Council
At the table of the comprehensive national dialogue, an agreement will be made in advance on the time frame for the end of the transitional phase, no later than the end of 2022, on the specific dates for holding legislative and presidential elections, and how to overcome obstacles that may arise in this context, including how to hold elections in Jerusalem, the capital. . It is also agreed to complete the formation of the new National Council through elections where possible, and by consensus where elections are not possible, with a time limit not exceeding four months after the date of completion of the legislative and presidential elections. The following foundations shall be adopted in the formation of the new National Council:
A) The members of the elected Legislative Council (132 members) are considered natural members of the National Council, and the number allotted to represent the Palestinian West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in the National Council is supplemented by consensus on a list of names that includes, along with other personalities, representatives of the forces not represented in the The elected Legislative Council, and the elected Council approves her inclusion in its membership.
b) The Executive Committee, in its new form, and the Presidency of the Council together determine the regions in which elections can be held and the number of seats allocated to them.
C) An agreement shall be reached on the percentages of representation for the regions in which elections cannot be held, and the names of their representatives, as well as on the percentages of representation of the popular unions. The elected council approves these names in its first session.
d) At all stages of forming the council, respect for the specified percentage of women’s representation, which amounts to 30%, is taken into account.
The comprehensive national dialogue completes the implementation of the outcomes of the meeting of secretaries-general on 3/9/2020 regarding the formulation and adoption of a new alternative struggle strategy for the Oslo process and the formation of the unified national leadership to advance the popular resistance to the comprehensive uprising and national disobedience until the occupation is defeated and the independence of the State of Palestine is achieved with its capital in Jerusalem on the borders of the fourth of June 1967, and safeguarding the right of refugees to return to the homes and properties from which they were displaced since 1948.
Dear brothers and comrades,
We put these proposals before you, and we hope that they will contribute to finding a way out of the strategic impasse that our national movement has been embroiled in. We salute you and the masses of our resistance people everywhere, as we cross into the fifty-eighth year of the march of our contemporary revolution, and we bow with reverence before the souls of the glorious martyrs, and the torments of the wounded and heroic prisoners, emphasizing our confidence that victory is coming no matter how great the challenges.
of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine