During the period from 1 to 4/12/2011, the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine held a session chaired by Nayef Hawatmeh, secretary general of the DFLP, titled “Good Omens of Palestinian Spring Session”. The Central Committee discussed the latest developments on the international, regional and national levels and reached to the following results:
(1)Political and Diplomatic Campaign
The Central Committee has confirmed that the Palestinian application to the United Nations for obtaining recognition and a full membership of Palestine State on the borders of June 1967 with Jerusalem its capital has formed an outstanding turning point whose importance stems in being an input for adopting a new Palestinian national strategy working for getting our national issue out of the intricate impasse the Palestinian issue has been involved in as a result of the block of the horizon of bilateral futile negotiations solely sponsored by the USA according to a formula adopted in Oslo agreement.
Submitting the membership application of Palestine State in the United Nations is the beginning of a long political battle aiming at urging the international community to bear the responsibilities dictated by the international law and the conventions of the United Nations and to held Israel responsible for its war crimes against the Palestinian people and take tangible measures to put an end to its continuous occupation to the Palestinian territories.
This step and the Palestinian president’s speech which confirmed the Palestinian constants in the General Assembly, as well as the magnificent success of obtaining the UNESCO membership formed motivating factors to our Palestinian people inside our homeland and in the diaspora. It also participated in throwing light on the open dimensions of our struggle.
The Central Committee noticed that this step corresponds to the initiative of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine to the Palestinian Central Council in its session held in Mars 2011, and it agrees with what the Front had called for as an outlet from the empty circle the futile bilateral negotiations are going on. Therefore, the Central Committee renews the support of the Front and its active involvement in the political and diplomatic efforts which aim to obtain the recognition of the United Nations of Palestine on the borders of June 1967 with Jerusalem its capital and the membership in all the institutions of the International Organization. At the same time, it stressed on following the efforts for realizing the same goal in the United Nations General Assembly in parallel with the efforts in the Security Council. It also called for continuing the battle of joining the international organizations after the latest step of the UNESCO. On the other hand, the Front extremely condemns the punitive measures of the USA and Israel and their practices in hindering and stopping the Palestinian appeal to the UN. It also focused on the necessity of confronting these pressures and not allowing these pressures to have effect on the political decision. In contrast, the Front thanked the governments and peoples who supported and sustained the Palestinian application.
The Central Committee looked into the rapid and continuous efforts exerted by the American Administration for breaking down the international will with regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and precisely studied the attempts exerted by the International Quartet for resuming the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. The Central Committee noticed that these attempts run into the obstinate American-Israeli position which sees nothing in the Quartet statement on 23 September but a call for direct preconditioned negotiations, and an additional period for the references and bases for identifying the outlines of the negotiation process. The Committee noticed that the visible split inside the Quartet belittles the credibility of these attempts and leads them to failure.
The Central Committee stressed on the importance of abiding by the Palestinian consensus which refuses the resumption of the negotiations unless Israel pledges to adhere to the resolutions of the international legitimacy which form a reference to the peace process, and completely halts the construction of settlements in Jerusalem and in all the occupied Palestinian territories. The Central committee assures that this position forms the minimum necessary limit which must be reinforced and depended upon until conditions of a negotiation formula based on the commitment to the resolutions of the international legitimacy and the group international patronage are accessible within the framework of the United Nation and the respect of the Israeli side to the obligations and commitments resulting from the negotiations.
The Central Committee welcomes the national consensus which has started to be shaped on the necessity of stimulating the popular resistance against the occupation, settlement and the racist annexation wall in the West Bank, and against the blockade of Gaza Strip, as well as cutting out parts of it as a buffer zone for being one of the prominent forms of resistance and struggle which get in line with the requirements of the current stage.
At the time we re-assure that all forms of resistance for us, as a people under the occupation are legitimate by the international law, we stress on the importance of escalating the popular resistance for being, together with mobilizing the international pressure, a main national strategic basis aiming at raising the cost of the occupation till forcing Israel to search for a political solution leading the end of the occupation. The Central Committee calls on all Palestinian factions to do their best to promote their popular resistance and widen its area to include all confrontation flashpoints. As a step on this road, the Democratic Front calls for unifying the active popular committees through a conference reorganizing the movement and drawing up the main outlines of its approach.
Promoting the popular resistance to the level of comprehensive popular uprising is not a mere motto, rather, it is a tangible resistance task requiring the maturation of the mass movement and providing the essentials of resistance. The most prominent basics stem in ending the split, enforcing the national unity, providing the requirement of steadfastness and maintaining the freedoms and dignity of the citizens.
Reconciliation and Ending Split
The Central committee welcomed the recent agreement of calling all the representatives of the Palestinian powers and factions which signed on the reconciliation document on May 2011. It saw that the bilateral proximity hinders the performance of any agreement. The Central Committee, also, welcomed the call for convening the leading provisional framework of the PLO as stated in Cairo in 2005 and the reconciliation document in May 2011, in addition to the agreement of Mars in 2009.
The Central Committee confirmed that the two meetings of the factions, from one hand, and the provisional leading framework, on the other hand, should form a start for an in-depth dialogue aiming at reviewing and evaluating the course of the national struggle and crystallizing an alternative national strategy based on the document of the national consensus of the factions and the activities of our people in June 2006. The two meetings also aim at putting the mechanisms and the timetable for the rapid execution to the agreement of reconciliation with all its aspects, including the formation of a transitional government of national independent efficiencies preparing for the elections of the presidency, legislative council, municipal and local councils, and the national council according to a full relative system within a period of no more than May 2012.
Folding the page of split and consolidating the national unity on a strong basis of political and strategic agreement, and the democratic renovation of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority form the real lever for instigating the popular resistance against the occupation and enforcing the credibility of the political effort which aims at widening the domain of recognition and international support to our right of independence and right of return.
The Central Committee welcomes the popular moves of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, especially the youths’ movement for ending the split and called it to continue its role, considering it one of the important elements for making the effort succeed in restoring the internal unity.
Future of Palestinian Authority
The Central Committee confirmed the legitimacy of the raised inquiries relevant to the future of the Palestinian Authority in the light of the block of the horizons of the political process and the difficult impasse of Oslo, especially that Israel exploits the commitment of the Palestinian Authority to its obligations to reduce the cost of the occupation and extend its duration in order to impose co-existence as a fait accompli and change the administrations of the authority and its bodies into a subsidiary agent to the occupation and its military forces.
The Central committee sees that this confirms the right approach of the Democratic Front in adopting the program of reformation and democratic change in June 2002, which calls for restructuring the Palestinian Authority and its role in rebuilding the administrations and the bodies of the Authority away from the illusions of building a state under occupation. The new role must be identified in supporting the steadfastness of the society and enabling it to bear the burdens of the long battle which aims at getting rid of the occupation and facing the challenges of putting an end to the unjust obligations signed with Israel, and which contradict with the international law.
Israel’s excessive non-commitment to its obligations, including those in the signed agreements opens the way for confirming the right of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority to reconsider their obligations in the a way that gets in line with the Palestinian national interest and foils the occupation attempt to impose co-existence as a fait accompli.
The Central Committee renewed its call in Mars 2011 for starting with studied practical steps on the security and economic levels. In this context, it welcomed the call of the Executive Committee to the government for presenting its vision about reconsidering Paris protocol of April 1994. It also called for crystallizing tangible practical steps, starting with reducing the size of the Israeli supplies and ending with invalidating this agreement for being incompatible with the international law, in response to the continuous flagrant Israeli violations of the agreement, including the repeatedly illegal withholding of the due money of the Palestinian Authority.
Strategy of Enforcing Society Steadfastness
The Central Committee stressed that enforcing the steadfastness of the society to enable it bear the burdens of the confrontation with the occupation forms a new indispensible national strategic basis, which entails an essential change of the policies of the Palestinian Authority in the socio-economic level, as well as in protecting the public freedoms and the rights and dignity of the citizens. In this frame:
A) The Central Committee approved the proposals of the politburo of the Democratic Front to the government in the context of the discussion about accrediting a strict plan for controlling the government expenditure and reducing the dependence on the foreign aids in funding the state budget, especially with regard to stopping unwarranted expenses, putting an end to the privileges of senior men-in-charge, reducing the costs of travel and external missions, reducing the consumption of state cars and telephones and other operating costs, amending the income tax law and accrediting a progressive tax for the high salaries and incomes in a way that participates in realizing equality between all the social classes, combating the tax evasion which is facilitated by the occupation authority with regard to the added value , customs on the revenues of taxes and profits of large companies. The executive committee also called for continuing efforts with the friend states to stop their investments in Israel and in the settlements, and called for crystallizing these proposals in a detailed tangible formula and mobilizing a mass campaign to urge the government to adopt it.
B) The Central Committee focused on the importance of setting right the economic policies of supporting the national product and protecting it from the Israeli and foreign competition. It also called for reconsidering the government budget in favor of raising the expenditure rate of education, health, social care and municipality services, in addition to allocating a larger share of the available resources for supporting the developmental budget of the productive projects, especially the small, medium and cooperative projects, as well as developing the rural areas, in particular those which have been damaged by the racial annexation wall and settlement, in order to boost the steadfastness of their residents Fand develop the infrastructure projects, public utilities and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
C) The Central Committee called for taking tangible measures for treating the problems of poverty, unemployment and reducing the pressure of high cost of living by reconsidering the tax system for alleviating the burden on the low-income people, reducing the taxes on the main services and goods and imposing a government control on prices, activating articles 86, 87,88 and 89 of the new labor law to determine the minimum rates of wages in a way that corresponds with the high cost of living, in addition of reactivating the law of social security and issuing a law of national funding of higher education in a way that reduces the cost of university education.
D) The Central Committee called for banning the Palestinian investment in the settlements, whether it is direct or indirect through hidden contracts. It also called for reinforcing the national boycott to the products of the settlement, and forming a national control agency with the aim of preventing them from entering the national markets. On the other hand, the Central Committee called for creating alternative job opportunities for the employees.
E) The Central Committee studied the deteriorating economic and social situation in the Gaza Strip and the resulting suffering of the citizens and the frightful rise of poverty and unemployment rate. It stressed on the necessity of escalating the exerted efforts at all levels for ending the unfair Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, especially after the elimination of the false pretexts of the Israeli government for justifying its blockade after Shalit’s swap deal. The Central Committee called the Palestinian Authority to continue holding responsibility for Gaza on the economic and financial levels. At the same time, it called on Hamas’ government to hold its responsibility for reducing the pressure of the economic deterioration and the agony of the citizens through an explicit transparent policy for supporting the economic resistance and providing the main services of the citizens away from the nepotism policy which is based on the political allegiance.
F) The Central Committee focused on the positive atmospheres of the course of the national reconciliation, and called for translating these atmospheres into active steps both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to stop the deterioration of the public freedoms, human rights and citizens’ dignity. It confirmed that the relative development of the West bank during the last months does not negate the necessity of closing the file of political detention and releasing all the political detainees, in addition to entirely stopping torturing and ill-treatment. The Central Committee also called for reconsidering the enclosure of some civilian institutions and the actual performance of the government’s decision which is still of no effect with regard to the illegal security survey which caused damage to many people.
On the other hand, the Central Committee expressed its worry about the violation of public freedoms in the Gaza Strip, especially the mass moves in support of the Palestinian appeal to the United Nations, and the illegal restrains on the freedom of gathering, demonstrating and political activities, in addition to the attacks on the press and non-governmental organizations. It confirmed that these practices contradict the social constitution and weaken social links and undermine the unity of our people in confronting the occupation.
Freeing Prisoners and Detainees
The Central Committee welcomed the swap deal which resulted in freeing our prisoners from the prisons of the occupation, and confirmed that the gaps included in the agreement do not belittle the importance of this great achievement of freeing hundreds of old detainees and long-sentenced detainees, in addition to the detainees of Jerusalem and Golan Heights, which ruined the racial standards the Israeli occupation has ever insisted on. The Central Committee insisted on continuing the struggle for freeing all prisoners, especially the old prisoners, the ill, the children and all the remaining female prisoners. The Central Committee also stressed on freeing the leader prisoners, ahead of them are Marwan Barghoti, Ahmad Saadat, Esmat Mansour… The Central Committee pointed at the riskiness of the provocative measures taken by the occupation authority against the freed prisoners, and highlighted the necessity of continuing the campaign for internationalizing the prisoners’ issue and releasing all the prisoners and detainees unconditionally.
State, PLO and Right of Return
The Central Committee looked into the dispute which accompanied the submission of the application of Palestine State to the United Nations and the fears of some classes of our people about the representational status of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the effect of this on the right of return. The Central Committee confirms that the danger about the PLO and the right of return does not stem in the accession of Palestine State to the international organization.
In this context, the Central Committee looked into the continuous policy of disabling the performance of the decisions of the document of the national accord in 2006 which focused on the reformation of the PLO and its institutions by separating between the institutions of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO’s and reconstructing it through comprehensive elections inside and outside the Palestinian territories, if possible, according to a full relative representation.
On the other hand, the Central Committee pointed at the risks if the Palestinian negotiator adopts a policy leading to a definition to the right of return called “the agreed just solution” which means at the end disclaiming the right of return in favor of the alternative solutions.
The Central Committee confirms that the accession of Palestine State to the UN within an integrated struggling policy, whose elements had been stated in a previous statement, is a step reinforcing the position of the Palestinian issue in the conflict with the Israeli occupation, as well as reinforcing the Palestinian national rights without abandoning any of these elements. This entails the continuation of the efforts for applying what had occurred in the document of the national accord with regard to the revival of the institutions of the PLO and the continuation of the resistance for guaranteeing the right of return as stated by the national institutions and the resolutions of the international legitimacy, especially resolution No. 194 which states on the return to the homes and properties from which the Palestinians have been displaced since 1948.
Refugees’ Movement, UNRWA and Social Rights
On the occasion of the sixty forth anniversary of the issuance of resolution No. 181, the Central Committee welcomes the Palestinian refugees and their adherence to their right of return and the rejection of the alternative solutions.
It also calls for developing the Refugees’ Movement efforts for gaining the support of the active friendly institutions within the refugees in their camps. At the same time, the Central Committee condemns the Israeli call for dissolving the UNRWA because of the risks on the interests and rights of the refugees on the long run. It also called for adhering to this agency, increasing its budget, developing its services, monitoring its performance and governing its programs and expenditure by enforcing the participatory rapid appraisal principle in drawing up the priorities and evaluating the daily growing needs of the refugees’ society.
The Central Committee looked into the circumstances of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and called for an official dialogue between Lebanon and the PLO for organizing the Palestinian Lebanese relationships on political, social and legal bases agreed upon, and a common plan for advocating the right of return and endorsing the humanitarian and social rights of the refugees, especially the right of labor for the self-employed people, cancelling the work license, the right of making use of the social insurances, right of possession, in addition to speeding up the reconstruction of Nahr al-Barid Camp and raising the security restrictions imposed on the camps.
Furthermore, the Central Committee called on the PLO and the UNRWA to adopt a new work strategy regarding the refugees of Lebanon, based on the last survey of the agency with an expert team from Beirut American University, which disclosed the poverty and unemployment high rates among the Palestinians. This entails a double effort from the two sides for reducing poverty and unemployment, and supporting the productive projects of the small craftsmen, women and youths, in addition to continuing efforts for treating social, healthy, educational and environmental problems and improving the infrastructure of the camps.
Palestine and Arab Spring
The Central Committee looked into the popular movement in the area, described as “Arab Spring”. The Central Committee considered it a large political turning point leading to the democracy and the reconstruction and reformation of the Arab regimes, in a way that reconsiders the concept of citizenship and opens the horizon for preserving the rights of the Arab citizen and the rights of the peoples of the area in freedom, democracy, social justice and political pluralism.
At the same time, the Central Committee sees that the positions of the American Administration reflect an open political hypocrisy, because Washington sponsored the Arab dictators and supported their positions, considering them local bases defending its interests in the area. Although the American Administration tries to appear as a sponsor to the democratic changes in our area, the reality of this claim is disclosed by the biased policy to the Israeli enemy, the blockade of the Gaza Strip, the aggressive activities against our people in the West Bank and Gaza, abstaining from withdrawing from our occupied land, including east Jerusalem, in addition to releasing prisoners.
The Central Committee welcomes the peoples of the Arab Spring and calls for ending all forms of tyranny, injustice and subjugation in the Arab area through mass popular resistance in favor of regimes liberated from the foreign hegemony.
The Central Committee also calls on the American and western administration to stop their interference in the popular Arab uprising and adopt one-color policy based on supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people in getting rid of the occupation and returning to their land, self-determination, independence and sovereignty.
The Central Committee finds it necessary to develop the Palestinian status, either on the level of the PLO and the Authority or the popular movement, and the support of their resistance in a way that enables it to fill the political space which has been opened with the Arab spring.
Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
December 5, 2011