REFORM carries out a Public Debate entitled

"Issues within the Palestinian National Council"

In the presence of the Palestinian Ambassador in Libya, Dr. Al-Motawakel Taha, The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development - REFORM carried out a public debate session entitled, "Issues within the Palestinian National Council" aiming to analyze the repercussions of convening the Palestinian National Council, review the outputs and recommendations of the 23rd meeting, as well as to discuss the level of participation of women and youth in that meeting.

At the beginning of the session, Dr. Al-Motawakel Taha reviewed the history of the Palestinian cause, the reasons behind establishing the National Council, and political circumstances that affected the Palestinian cause. He discussed ways to deal with these issues politically and strategically.

The Legal and Political Quorum of the National Council

Despite achieving the National Council’s legal quorum, the political quorum was not achieved due to the absence and boycott of a number of Palestinian political parties. Several of those who have declared their participation in the Council’s session also expressed their disapproval of conducting a national council without a consensus.

Outputs of the National Council’s Meeting

The last meeting of the National Council resulted in a number of outputs and recommendations, in line with national decisions that call for lifting the sanctions on Gaza and forming a unified national council. These decisions are in need of actual application.

Partnership and Renewal

Participants in the meeting asserted the necessity of enhancing the partnership and representation of all political affiliations and societal groups, particularly women and youth - a full, pluralistic and effective partnership that seeks to promote the Palestinian collective identity- and enabling younger generations of thinking out of the box and developing new ideas. Participants also called for engaging youth and women in political affiliations and enhancing their participation in decision making processes.

The participants in the meeting analyzed the repercussions of convening the National Council after an absence of about 23 years, and concluded that working in the same old manner will not achieve any change. Therefore, they called for establishing a unifying national council that brings together all political affiliations and societal groups. Participants also urged the necessity of conducting dialogue sessions that highlight political decisions and strategic plans adopted by politicians to be analyzed and criticized before decision makers, which strengthens the youth’s capacities to participate effectively in decision making processes.

This activity is part of The “Rooftop Debate – Drivers of Political Change” project aims to create a network of powerful social and political young leaders and equip them with supporting tools that enable them to create social change by directing them to find solutions to their problems and concerns, which promotes social cohesion, ensures pluralism and strengthens civil peace within society. The project also seeks to provide safe and interactive platforms that connect young activists with representatives of Government bodies and civil society organizations, in order to capacitate youth to voice out their concerns and engage in shaping public policies that are more responsive to their social and political needs.

 This project is implemented in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation