Palestinian Official Hails Principles of Social Justice, Freedom and Equality in the UAE

  • 12 November 2014

Nayef Hawatmeh, Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, DFLP, has praised the UAE's experience, and the efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in building the federation and developing the principles of social justice, freedom and equality.

During his lecture at Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR, entitled: "The Implications of Regional Developments for the Palestinian Cause", he hailed the significant support initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed, which has been continued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the Palestinian cause in the face of Israel's arrogance and brutal occupation.

He also spoke of the Grand Mosque, which is the second largest mosque in Palestine after the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was recently opened in the name of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, saying that it embodies the image of Emirati generosity, the UAE's historical stance in supporting the Palestinian people and helping them overcome the current difficult situation.

Also during his lecture, Hawatmeh said, "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 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 4th, 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." Hawatmeh added, "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 programme of 1974 and the Arabisation of national rights [their relevance to all Arabs] at the 1974 Rabat Summit. The cause and the issue of national rights were internationalised 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 Organisation as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people."

"From this point," said Hawatmeh, "a new path was taken, seeking a comprehensive and balanced solution based on the resolutions of the international community and the Arab Peace Initiative. This path culminated in the UN resolution of November 29th, 2012, recognising 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 Judaisation of Jerusalem," noted Hawatmeh, "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 29th, 2012, specifying the political and legal foundation of the borders and the capital of the State of Palestine," Hawatmeh added.