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Politicians, academics, writers and artists at the “Palestine Forum” discuss ways to rebuild the Palestinian internal affairs setup.
The Palestinian scene witnessed many meetings and initiatives aimed at reviewing the Palestinian national experience, after all the failures that have occurred, and in light of the deepening crisis, such as the crisis of legitimacy, division and marginalization of the PLO. Distinguishing between these initiatives is the “Palestine Forum”, first, as it includes Palestinian personalities from the various groups of the Palestinian people, emphasizing the unity of the people, their cause and the land. Second, because it focuses on attracting sectors that have been excluded or away from participating in drafting the Palestinian decision like writers, intellectuals, academics, artists, and political activists, due to the faction’s dominance. And third, for its emphasis on the importance of reviewing the Palestinian national experience, in a critical and responsible manner with its funds and the responsibilities that follow.
In this context, the Palestine Forum held a discussion workshop for two days (in Istanbul), which was attended by: Dr. Ibrahim Freihat, Ahmed Abu Ratima, Ahmed Al-Shanti, Dr. Asaad Ghanem, Dr. Jamal Nusseibeh, Hanan Al-Arouri, Dr. Khaled Al-Hroub, Dr. Sri Nusseibeh, Souad Qatanani, Dr. Abdul Hamid Siam, Abdul Qadir Fayez, Dr. Abeer Kayed, Awni Al-Mashni, Majed Kayali, Mohsen Abu Ramadan, Mohamed Ibrahim, Dr. Kamel Al-Hawash, noting that it is the third of its kind since the formation of the forum in April (2018).
The workshop discussions focused on how to rebuild the PLO, noting the problems represented in, first, the privatization of politics in the Palestinian arena, and the need to break the monopoly of political action. Second, getting out of the quota, establishing the idea of a single circle and proportional representation. Third, confirming the departure from the basic idea of the forum regarding that any inclusive entity for the Palestinian people, especially the PLO, is supposed to represent all the Palestinian people in all their places of existence, because saying that the Palestinian people are one wherever it is, it is supposed to be reflected in the inclusive national political entity, and in the overarching political vision,
Mr Mohsen raised many issues related to, first, the reality of the Palestinian people, the problems arising from the absence of a unified region, and submission to different states or legal systems. Secondly, the existence of reality from different priorities, which opens up the dangers of dismantling the concept of the Palestinian people’s unity. And third, the state of transformation from a liberation movement to an authority under the occupation, whereby our people came under two powers, during which we witnessed that our people in the West Bank and Gaza, before the establishment of the authority, were more powerful, united and free in confronting Israel than after the establishment of that authority. Noting that the presence of the Authority makes it difficult to work to revive the Palestinian situation, with a popular bloc arranged in it, and with its reliance on the settlement process. In the framework, a discussion was held on how to influence the people, and put forward new visions for its revival. In all deliberations, it was emphasized that our people in historical Palestine (48) are considered as part of any political process, and as a non entity in any collective political entity of the Palestinian people.
The participants also discussed the proposal to call for holding a kind of a national forum or forum in terms of invigorating the Palestinian scene, to respond to any hurdle that comes in the way to rebuild the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The participants also discussed ways to activate and develop the role of the forum and networking with other initiatives.
Mr. Mohsen Abu Ramadan, Director of the HCCD participated in the workshop as a representative of the center.