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Hawatmeh meets with Salim Al-Zanoun, Chairman of the Palestinian National Council
February 1, 2017

The Secretary General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatmeh, and the head of the Palestinian National Council, Salim Al-Zanoun, held a joint meeting at the central headquarters of the National Council. Nayef Muhanna, a member of the DFLP Central Committee, and the PLO Central Council, also participated in the meeting.

The two sides discussed the Palestinian situation, and the large accelerated risks that are surrounding it, regionally and internationally, in the forefront the colonial settlement acts in Jerusalem, which include: the confiscation of the land, the demolition of the houses in the East Jerusalem, the annexation of the Gush Emunim settlement and the region E1 to divide the West Bank into two parts to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, on the borders before June 4, 1967, and annexing the occupied Jerusalem to the state of Israel, the demolition of homes of eight villages in the Al-Khalil governorate in the West Bank, and the homes of Qalansuwa and Umm Al-Hiran in the 1948 territories, and to pressure on the US President Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

All of these aggressive actions neglect the international resolutions, especially the UN Resolution 19/67, November 2012, about the recognition of Palestine as an observer member, before the borders of June 4, 1967 and its capital East Jerusalem, and the international Security Council resolution 2334 which was adopted unanimously to stop the settlement and condemn and reject the Israeli actions to impose facts on the occupied territories.

The two sides stressed on the need to apply the PLO Central Council resolutions (March 2015) in response to the Israeli acts and targets on the occupied territories and the continuation of the blockade on Gaza Strip, and in the forefront:

• Halting the security coordination with Israel.

• Liberating the Palestinian economy from being related to the Israeli economy.

• Boycotting the goods that are produced by the settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.

• Providing an immediate complaint to the International Criminal Court to halt the settlement in accordance with the Security Council resolution 2334, and making a complaint to stop the homes demolition and the displacement of their inhabitants.

• Returning back to the UN to provide the PLO Central Council and the National Consensus resolutions, also the Preparatory Committee resolutions which was headed by Al-Zanoun on January 10 to 11, 2017 in Beirut session, and the Palestinian factions’ comprehensive dialogue in Moscow on January 14 to 18, 2017.

• Submitting a new draft resolution to recognize the Palestinian state, as an active member in the UN and to build on the UN General Assembly Resolution 67/19.

• Submitting a new draft resolution to hold a comprehensive international conference to resolve the Palestinian Arab–Israeli conflict with the sponsorship of the major five states in the Security Council and with the reference of the international legitimacy resolutions.

• Submitting a new draft resolution to call the UN to protect the Palestinian land and people, and ending the existed occupation since June 5, 1967.

Both sides discussed the results of the Preparatory Committee meeting and the results of the Palestinian comprehensive dialogue and the Palestinian-Russian meeting in Moscow.

At the end, the two parties stressed on the need to implement the consensus resolutions of the Preparatory Committee practically, in the forefront:

First: The formation of a comprehensive national unity government for all PLO factions, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

Second: The task of the government is to apply the resolutions, the program and the mechanisms of ending the division, and rebuilding the unity of the financial, military, security, and administrative institutions of PA, according to the agreement of May 4, 2011 in Cairo.

Third: The Preparatory Committee of the National Council headed by Salim Al-Zanoun, continues the work to the completion of the election of a new National Council elected, in accordance with the election law, which was passed unanimously in Cairo in February 2013, and in Amman, May 22, 2013, and was passed in the Executive Committee, headed by Abu Mazen, the Chairman of the Committee, in May 2013.


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