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Political Communiqué of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(Session of the Intifadah of the Youth)

 

• The Youth Intifada is a struggling option demanding the formation of a Unified National Command in order to attain unanimous unity around it.

• The implementation of the decisions of the Central Council (27th Session), including the cessation of coordination in the field of security (with Israel) and the boycott on the Israeli economy are a national, an Arab and an international need.

• The coalition of the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO) and its institutions, among them the Palestinian National Fund, are not the fiefs of any particular detachment, but rather something that belongs to the Palestinian people and its political forces in accordance with the statutes approved by the various organs, and by virtue of the principles of the pact and of national participation, in the first place the principle “Partners in blood, partners in decision-making”.

• To pursue the struggle to put an end to division and for the recovery of internal unity, and to confront the policy of creating tensions in the national realms and to have prevail the sectarian struggles over confronting occupation and colonization.

• To redouble the struggle against the policies of internal and social repression at the hands of the organs of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and in the defense of the democratic, workers’-union freedoms and the interests of the poor and middle-class sectors, as well as those of limited income.

• The unity of rights on the territories of 1948 and 1967 and in the diaspora will unify our people’s struggle against the Zionist project.

• To stop betting on reductionist projects and on the fruitless policy seeking to resuscitate the Oslo Agreements, and to convene instead an International Conference promoted by the UN, in strict compliance with its very own binding resolutions so that the rights to return, to self-determination and to independence are guaranteed.

• We advocate for a Global Plan of National Rescue that would return the Gaza Strip to the heart of the national struggle, the prologue of which would be to put an end to division, recover unity and elaborating a plan of socio-economic promotion.

• Let us continue the struggle against the policy of reducing the services of UNRWA, and let us work towards safeguarding the unity of the movement of refugees wherever they might find themselves.

• Let us turn the new anniversary of Al-Nakba into an additional station to highlight our national cause as a cause of liberation of a people under the banners of the PLO and the unified and unifying National Palestinian Program.

Headed by the Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the Central Committee held its 9th Session and debated the different matters on its agenda, as well as the Palestinian political situation, the development of the Youth Intifadah, taking the corresponding decisions on those matters and tracing the necessary general lines.

At the closure of its works, the Central Committee issued a political communiqué about its debates, the text of which reads as follows:

1- The DFLP reaffirms the adherence of our people to the Youth Intifadah as a struggling alternative in the perspective of achieving its objectives, and again reiterates the need to continue the struggle with a view to implement the steps leading to the protection of this Intifadah and to develop it, as well as to provide it with a larger popular and political strength. Among those steps we can count, in the first place:

• To conform the Unified National Command of the Intifadah.
• To implement the decisions adopted by the Central Council concerning the cessation of security coordination and the boycott against the Israeli economy.
• To take the Palestinian denunciations to the International Criminal Court against the Israeli war criminals, and to internationalize the case files of colonization, the prisoners and the crimes of summary executions and collective punishments undertaken against our people.
• To turn the page of the fruitless negotiations and to adopt a unified combatant national policy as an alternative, based on the internationalization of the cause and of Palestinian national rights, and to proclaim the extension of national sovereignty over all the territory of the State of Palestine and its capital, Jerusalem East, on the borders prior to June 4, 1967, as well as to provide international protection to our people and the soil of our fatherland vis-à-vis occupation and colonization.

2- The DFLP once again affirms that division constitutes a destructive factor that prevents the achievement of a unanimous national union around the Intifadah as an alternative national political option. The policies of both ends of the division are hostages to short-sighted local, subjective and security calculations, that reflect in a very manifest way in their practices against the popular efforts of strengthening the Intifadah, by hindering them and by preventing the mobilization and intensification of the struggles against occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, rendering once again vital the act of affirming that among the essential conditions to develop the Intifadah, to strengthen it, to widen its social base and the circle of incorporation to its struggling journeys, we count the efforts to put an end to division and to continue the popular mobilization with a view to achieve a national unanimity around Intifadah, in which popular resistance will be the struggling option against occupation and colonization, in line with the decisions of the 27th Session of the Central Council and the Manifest of National Conciliation of 2006.

3- The DFLP condemns the policies of stirring tensions implemented by the dominant sector of the leadership at the level of national relations, which in no way favor the option of Intifadah, and operate to the detriment of the supreme national interest, and at the same time condemns the individual decision by Abu Mazen consisting of the suppression of the national rights of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Palestinian National Fund (as well as those of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), and in its views it considers that this step will only lead to larger internal conflicts within the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and will make the sectarian positions prevail to the expense of the struggle against occupation and colonization. At the same time, this step constitutes an offense and an impairment of the institutional faculties and a violation of the internal norms and statutes of the PLO. Such practices will not dint the political positions of the DFLP and will not force it to renounce its struggling program, the Palestinian National Program, nor to forego its adherence to the PLO as an organization of national coalition and convergence, being the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

4- The DFLP reaffirms that its national rights in the Palestinian National Fund are not a free-of-charge present coming from anyone, but the rights of combatants, rights acquired through the role that they have played in the context of enormous sacrifices; at the same time, it reiterates that the Palestinian National Fund and the whole of the PLO are not a fief of this or that detachment, but they rather belong to the Palestinian people, in accordance with the mechanisms approved by its legitimate instances.

5- The DFLP points out that putting an end to division, on the one hand, and leaving behind the practices of agitation and creation of internal tensions, and of committing violations of the decisions of PLO organs and institutions, as well as to renounce the policies of hindering national relations and to place the aspects of internal struggle over and to the detriment of the matters related to the confrontation of occupation and colonization would be the prologue to the sanitation of the national spheres and the consolidation of internal struggling relations, besides reanimating the role of institutions and the strengthening of the spirit of national dialogue as a platform for solving the discrepancies and differences and, consequently, to build solid foundations for the policy of national unanimity.

6- With utmost concern, the DFLP condemns the attitude of the security apparatuses vis-à-vis the popular marches that put brakes on their advances toward antagonisms with the positions of the occupying force and colonization plans, and sees in this attitude an open position of hostility towards the popular movement, with a view to prevent its fusion with the Intifadah and to provide it with support and protection. This performance coincides with the persecutions suffered by young political activists, in the course of a sterile policy of approaching the authorities of occupation and of showing its “good intentions” towards the Netanyahu government and of reaffirming its commitment with the Oslo Agreements.

7- The DFLP criticizes the unconditional, biased and submissive policy of the PNA with respect to the conditions of international financial and monetary institutions, as well as to the conditions put forth by donor countries, to the expense of poor and middle-class sectors and low-level employees, and even the police repression aiming at aborting popular movements, as happened with teachers, public servants and wide social strata that suffered the modification of the Social Security Law, in a provocation against wide sectors of the Palestinian people, who responded with a crushing demonstration in Ramallah that surpassed 10,000 demonstrators (19/4) demanding social justice and that an end be put on the pillage and the plunder of the interests of the smaller in favor of the larger, thus forcing the PNA to withdraw the bill in order to submit it to reconsideration.

8- The DFLP denounces the repressive measures of the PNA to crush in its fist the workers’ unions movement, to make it surrender and to weaken its capacities to defend the workers. The DFLP sees no difference whatsoever between the repressive policy of encircling the Intifadah and the popular movement, and the policy of social repression to weaken the popular potentials and their confrontation of occupation and the plans of colonization, as well as the efforts to unify the various forces into only one block capable of intensifying the struggle with the objective of national salvation.

While expressing its open and frank opposition to such fruitless and useless policies, the DFLP reaffirms its adherence and its support with respect to the interests of poor and middle-class social sectors, those of workers, peasants, employees, agriculturalists and refugees in the cities, towns and fields; and its strong support for popular movements that are alive in the various corners of the West Bank.

9- The DFLP corroborates that the bets on the French project as well as on other similar projects, not based on the resolutions of international law as a starting point, do not constitute a solution to the political crisis confronted by the dominant Palestinian leadership and its failure. Such bets cannot be a successful alternative to the sole national predicament: to address the UN Security Council as well as its General Assembly and to convene an International Conference under the auspices of the highest international instance, and by virtue of its binding resolutions that would guarantee our people their legitimate national rights to shed the occupation and colonization, to exercise the right to self-determination, to establish the independent Palestinian State with its full sovereignty and it capital, East Jerusalem, on the prior borders to June 4 1967, as well as to guarantee the right of refugees to return to their homes, from which they were expelled in 1948.

10- The DFLP Central Committee discussed the situation within the Gaza Strip and put the blame firstly on the occupying force due to the prevailing deteriorated conditions in that sector, and in second place the Hamas authority, and in third place the PNA in the West Bank and UNRWA. It stressed the need to follow the active role of popular sectors in order to rectify the economic and services policies of both authorities, besides improving the services of UNRWA, lifting the siege imposed on Gaza and rebuilding the areas devastated by the Israeli aggression, to put an end to the violations of public freedoms, to compensate in a fair way the victims of division, to solve the problems of the graduates, to open the Rafah Pass, to annul the vexing taxes, to reject any decrease of UNRWA services and the reduction of enrolment in universities. This is the way for Gaza to adopt an active participation in the development of the Intifadah and for it to attain its goals of freedom, independence and return.

11- The DFLP highly values the firmness of Palestinian refugees in their national struggle, in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, in Lebanon, in Syria, in Jordan and its diaspora, and its attachment to its indisputable right to return to their homes and properties, from which they were expelled since 1948, as well as its struggle for the defense of its humanitarian and social interests and rights, and its confrontation with respect to the policies of the UNRWA. The DFLP calls on all its organizations to actively incorporate themselves, in the first ranks, to these struggles and mobilizations, as they have always done, reaffirming once again that the unity of the popular movement is the sure means of its firm resistance vis-à-vis the projects contrary to the national and social rights and interests of our people, at the same time that the organization of the ranks and the popular movement constitute the assurance of implementation in practice and the attainment of the legitimate claims that our organizations uphold as slogans and demands.

12- The DFLP highly values the leading role of our people within the Zionist entity, inside as well as in the Knesset and outside, in the defense of its political, social, national and patriotic rights; and it insists on the need to create the mechanisms of struggle capable of unifying all the efforts of our people everywhere they exist, that is, on the territories occupied since 1948, on the territories occupied since 1967 and in the places of banishment and the diaspora.

13- On the anniversary of Al-Nakba (Palestinian National Disaster), the DFLP affirms that this is a national, patriotic and international opportunity of great transcendence, which makes all the sons of our people face new and ever increasing tasks in accordance with the threats that daily loom over the Palestinian cause and the national and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. These junctures impose the need for a turn this year with a view to again prioritize the cause of our people as a cause of national liberation, under the banners of the PLO, as a framework of convergence, demanding in the first place to turn the page of the failed reductionist policies and projects, and to return to the unified and unifying national project, the project of return, the self-determination and the establishment of the independent State of Palestine. This program should be aimed at unifying the struggles of our people: 1) in the territories of 1948, against Israeli laws of racial discrimination, to disarticulate the set of Zionist legislations, and in the defense of citizens’ equality, confronting the attempts at “Israelization” and to achieve the preservation of the national, democratic and social rights of our people; 2) in the territories of 1967, for the cessation of occupation, the dismantling of colonies and the establishment of the independent State of Palestine on the prior borders to June 4, 1967; 3) in banishment and on the soil of the fatherland, to pursue the struggle for the right to return to their homes and properties, from which the refugees were expelled and plundered since 1948.

Long live the Youth Intifadah!
Long live the PLO, organization of convergence!
No to division!
No to individualistic and monopolistic decisions!

Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Mid-May 2016

 

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