The Implications of Regional Developments for the Palestinian Cause

The Implications of Regional Developments for the Palestinian Cause

  • 10 November 2014

It is no longer possible to overlook the Palestinian cause and the national rights of the Arab Palestinian people in light of the developments that have occurred at the Palestinian, Arab and international levels since 1967. We are a national liberation movement that struggles to secure our people’s right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state based on the borders of June 4, 1967, with occupied Arab (East) Jerusalem as its capital, and to solve the refugee issue in accordance with United Nations Resolution 194 of 1948 and the Arab Peace Initiative.

During the course of 47 years of resistance and political struggle since June 1967, the national Palestinian character and identity have been reconstructed, lost since the Nakba [catastrophe] after which national Palestinian rights were limited to the issue of refugees. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 ignored the rights of the Palestinian People to self-determination, as well as their rights to establish an independent state and to the return of refugees.

The Palestinian people, both in the homeland and the diaspora, have supported the unified national program of 1974 and the Arabization of national rights [their relevance to all Arabs] at the 1974 Rabat Summit. The cause and the issue of national rights were internationalized with the 1974 recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Palestinian people to independence, and the granting of observer status to the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

From this point a new path was taken, seeking a comprehensive and balanced solution based on the resolutions and references of the international community and the Arab Peace Initiative. This path culminated in the UN resolution of November 29, 2012 recognizing the State of Palestine with reference to the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, and solved the question of refugees in accordance with UN Resolution 194.

Israel is pushing for settlement expansion and the Judaization of Jerusalem with a view to changing the realities on the ground by annexing Jerusalem as well as territories in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, and imposing expansionist borders that contradict the legitimate decisions of the international community. This Israeli behavior comes in the context of Palestinian and Arab circumstances that do nothing to enhance the Palestinian position.

Palestinians should put an end to division, return to the United Nations, and join all its institutions—in particular by signing the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Negotiations should be linked to a complete halt of settlement expansion, and action should be based on the UN Resolution of November 29, 2012, specifying the political and legal foundation of the borders and the capital of the State of Palestine.

The lecture was delivered at 7pm on Monday (10 November 2014) in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR office complex in Abu Dhabi.

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Monday 10 November 2014

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Monday 10 November 2014

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