Confronting Israel’s Annexation Plan at the Local and International Levels

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM implements a dialogue session on Palestinians’ options to reject Israel’s annexation plan with the participation of Mr. Nabil Amro, a journalist, and a number of young men and women activists.

reestablishing national unity

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM implements a dialogue session on Palestinians’ options to reject Israel’s annexation plan with the participation of Mr. Nabil Amro, a journalist, and a number of young men and women activists. This session aims to discuss the expected Palestinian scenarios to confront Israel’s annexation plan at the local and international levels.

The young men and women participants discussed the Palestinian situation since the Palestinian-Palestinian division in June 2007, and the importance of directly reestablishing national unity, which is focused on restoring efforts to confront the so-called “deal of the century” and Israel’s annexation plan. They further highlighted the obstacles, by anticipating previous experiences that prevented reaching a result, in reaching innovative solutions. The young participants focused on elections as one of the most important of these solutions and the mechanisms that can be formulated in or order to hold them. Additionally, the young men and women participants stressed the necessity to reform the conditions of the Palestinian national institutions so that they form a national framework that includes all factional, partisan and civil powers, particularly the Palestine Liberation Organization, which would later activate popular movements on the ground.

Moreover, the participants discussed the importance of demanding the revitalization of international movements and the return to international law and international legitimacy decisions as a solid and clear reference and alternative, which does not change and is not subject to the same degree of economic and political pressure. They further stressed the need to rely on international law as a reference point to the solution of the conflict and re-tell the Palestinian story to the world as it is: a people who adhere to international legitimacy in determining their fate and independence, but is subjected to a racial colonial apartheid that violates these rights, violates all laws and sees itself above them.

Human Rights Violations Committed Against Palestinians

In turn, Mr. Nabil Amro indicated that the Palestinian people should be addressed openly about the arrangements that the Palestinian President will conduct after his political decision to cut ties from all agreements with Israel, especially because this became a matter of concern to the public.

At the end of the session, the participants came out with a set of recommendations, including: 1. The necessity of issuing a decree determining the dates of the legislative and presidential elections immediately after the end of the COVID-19 crisis in order to renew legitimacy and leadership structures and restore Palestinian democratic life, 2. The importance of the Palestinian diplomacy to work hard and in cooperation with its allies to revive international legitimacy decisions regarding the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and independence. 3. To expose the violations of Israel as the occupying Power to international law and human rights, 4. To create a comprehensive government plan, aimed to strengthen the Palestinian demographic presence in the Jordan Valley, 5. To support the population with local projects, 6. To enhance the civic and cooperative roles in monitoring and documentation, 7. To exert pressure and advocacy efforts in order to enable the official authorities in building integrated legal files to be directed to the international courts and 8. To promote civil peace and social cohesion.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This meeting comes as part of the “PARTAKE II,” which is implemented by the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM, in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. This project aims to promote the socio-political participation of women and youth and provide equal access mechanisms that enable them to engage in organizing policies responsive to their needs.

The project also seeks to foster civic engagement by providing safe and interactive spaces that link young activists with decision-makers to bridge the gaps between them by knowledge sharing. It aims to enhance the participation of young women and men in advocating for positive change in democratic processes through monitoring public policies, drafting policy papers, and providing policy suggestions.

To achieve this, the project provides the social and political activists with the ability to engage in a deep analysis of power dynamics between different social components and points of access through facilitating public debates. “PARTAKE II” increases youth’s awareness in democratic processes and enhances their abilities in pressuring policymakers to hold elections with their participation.

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