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Hawatmeh: the battle of the empty stomachs of 1600 prisoners in the Israeli detention camps aim at obtaining their human rights
April 29, 2012

Nayef Hawatmeh, the secretary general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine held a press conference in Amman on 23 February 2012 in which he stressed that the battle of the empty stomachs of 1600 prisoners in the Israeli detention camps aim at obtaining their human rights which get in line the fourth provision of Geneva convention and the law of UN human rights. In particular, he focused on recognizing these detainees as war prisoners of an aggressive war launched by Israel against the Palestinian people. On the other hand, the battle of empty stomachs aims at stopping torture, solitary confinement and administrative detention. It also aims at stopping the Israeli demographical practices such as the deportation of the Palestinians inside and outside Palestine. In addition, Hawatmeh called on the Palestinian Authority to refer the prisoners' issue to the Security Council, the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court to pass a resolution recognizing them as war prisoners.

For getting out of the dark tunnel, Hawatmeh called for forming a national technocrat government, pointing that the disputes and differences between Fatah and Hamas hinder the formation of such a government. He confirmed his refusal to the presence of two separate governments in Ramallah and Gaza. He stressed that what is required is a government of a national consensus. He also pointed at the necessity of achieving the laws of the legislative, parliamentary and presidential election based on the proportional representation, as well as adding 600 thousand Palestinians who reached the age which gives them the right to vote to the lists of voters and adopting one election law to overcome the state of division and dispersal.

On the other hand, Hawatmeh appealed the Palestinian factions to hold a meeting for the supreme leadership committee to solve the major controversial issues, calling for a new unified political program based on the four programs discussed over the past seven years.

With regard to the USA, Hawatmeh talked about disabling the Security Council with respect to the request of the Palestinians of recognizing them as a full member state in the United Nations, confirming that heading to the United Nations General Assembly is the solution for finding the solution for three issues: the recognition of a Palestinian state within the borders of 4 June 1967.

He also stressed on passing a resolution recognizing Jerusalem a capital for the Palestinian state and activating resolution No. 194 which confirms the right of return to prevent Israel from making Jerusalem an eternal capital for it, where only 15% of Jerusalem is still Arab.

With regard to the negotiations, he stressed that the lack of an international reference led to the failure of Oslo Accord. He added, Israel is accelerating the judaization of Jerusalem in order to settle million settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian State. He called for drawing a new plan accommodating the Palestinian labors who work in the Israeli settlements by giving them little and medium loans and building popular houses for their families. He also called for lifting the siege imposed on Gaza, pointing that 20% of its houses are still destroyed and the billions of dollars for the construction of Gaza have not reached yet because of the division.

In a separate context, Hawatmeh called on the women’s organizations and trade unions, as well as the Palestinian youths to take to the squares and raise one slogan “people want to bring down division”, confirming that the split disrupted the third intifada (uprising).

“The world is engaged in its own problems. The Israelis are engaged in the tactics of Netanyahu-Liebermann and the American elections. And the Palestinian leadership must be engaged in the process of reorganizing the Palestinian house, because this stage is a golden opportunity, since the Arab countries are also engaged in their spring.” Hawatmeh added, confirming that no Arab country can avoid making real reformations.

Answering the questions and enquiries of the journalists, he said he expects a new session for the senior leaders before next May, and an approaching meeting between the leaders of both Hamas and Fatah will be held after completing the elections in the West Bank and abroad.

He expected that the Jordanian capital would witness the next meeting for completing the new electoral law before holding the meeting of the supreme committee of all factions.

Finally, he confirmed that the 20-year negations have not achieved any of their main goals such as recognizing Palestine a full sovereign independent state or solving the issue of Jerusalem and the right of return.

In an answer to a question about the Arab Spring and the transformations going on in the Arab countries, Hawatmeh said, “More or less, the transformation will reach each part, and all these transformations will serve the Palestinian cause.” He also noted that when the Arabs solve their internal affairs, they will re-take interest in the Palestinian issue.

In an interview with the Ro’ya Channel, Hawatmeh said, “The way to the stability of the Palestinian issue is blocked due to the radical government in Israel which uses the policy of the revolving door which does not leave any possibility for political solutions. Netanyahu has been turning his back to the peace process since he became a prime minister. And I think his answer to Abu Mazen will once again concentrate on the security matters and Jerusalem as a unified capital to the state of Israel for ever.


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