Management and Politics Academy Launches Initiative for Reconciliation, End of Division

Press Release
Management and Politics Academy

Ameena Abdullah Abusalmiya

Ameena Abdullah Abusalmiya

Based on the national responsibility of the Academy for Management and Politics for Higher Education toward our Palestinian people, and based on our awareness of the national role, the academy launched an initiative for reconciliation and an end to the Palestinian division that targets all national forces and factions, especially Hamas and Fatah. This initiative comes following discussion with responsible parties, forces and a number of competent authorities.

The Academy appreciates the Hamas movement for its acceptance and adoption of the main components of this initiative expressed in a press release issued by Dr. Salah Al Bardawil, a member of the Political Bureau of the movement. We invite our brothers in the Fatah movement to also respond to this declaration and initiative, and we invite President Abu Mazen to respond to the national initiative and announce holding a full national dialogue leading to national reconciliation relating to all Palestinians’ issues whether immediate, interim, or strategic.

We invite Egypt to adopt this initiative and arrange a Palestinian-Palestinian discussion under Egyptian auspices that leads to Palestinian reconciliation.

The Academy hopes that this initiative will lead to dialogue with the participation of all political forces and public unions, to restore national unity and end the division. This will restore the status of the Palestinian national goals of freedom through ending the Israeli Occupation and achieving the legitimate goals of the Palestinian people: the right of return, and self-determination.

The Initiative follows:

MANAGEMENT AND POLITICS ACADEMY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INITIATIVE FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION

Gaza- Palestine
2017 – 1438

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Based on our national responsibility toward our Palestinian people and based on our awareness of the role of national responsibility of the Management and Politics for higher education Academy as it is one of the main branches of the national-academic Palestinian project;

and in the light of escalating attacks in order to control Al Aqsa holy mosque carried out by far-right religious Zionists led by Netanyahu’s racist government, within the framework of their judaization and settlement plan in Jerusalem and the West Bank;

and based on the Palestinian public’s heroic revolt starting in Jerusalem and extending to cover all of Palestine, joined by a widespread solidary campaign in many Arab and Islamic capitals to denounce the Israeli procedures;

and in the light of the official positions taken by both parties (Fatah and Hamas), which were as great as our people’s actions and sacrifices, which emphasize the importance of national unity and the end of the division to confront the settlement plan of Netanyahu’s racist government, freeze security coordination with the enemy, and invite our people to confront the Israeli procedures;

We believe that the circumstances resulting from the Al Aqsa revolt and the positions of Fatah and Hamas and all the national forces provide the necessary conditions to make practical and urgent decisions to end the division and restore Palestinian national unity based on the following principles:
1. We invite all parties to refrain from divisive media campaigns and prevent any declarations or practices that promote division and divert attention from the Al Aqsa battle. The parties should unite their efforts to support this battle and develop it to reach a full popular Intifada against the occupation.

2. We invite President Mahmoud Abbas to announce the end of all measures taken against the Gaza Strip, and announce the formation of National Unity Government based on national consensus.

3. We invite the Hamas movement to announce the dissolution of the Administrative Committee in the Gaza Strip and to show its clear willingness to let the National Unity Government perform its full role toward all our people equally in the areas that fall under its authority.

4. The tasks of the National Unity Government should be as follows:

a. Prepare to hold presidential and legislative elections within six months.
b. Develop an operational plan and start addressing pressing problems, especially electricity, salaries, reconstruction, and unemployment in the Gaza Strip.

5. We invite President Abu Mazen to call an urgent meeting of the leadership to complete the dialogue and agreements related to the following issues:
a. Reconstruction of the PLO institutions on a democratic and consensual basis, by election if possible or by agreement where not possible. This will restore the esteem and status of the Organization as it is the national collective framework that represents Palestinians everywhere and represents their collective identity and their leader in their national fight to end occupation;
b. And until this is achieved, the leadership will be responsible for monitoring all issues related to the restoration of unity, the reconstruction of national institutions and the collective response to all political challenges and developments without affecting the status of the PLO Executive Committee.
c. Invite the Palestinian National Council to an urgent meeting, with the presence and participation of all political forces and unions, which will restore the esteem of the Organization and its representative body, its national references, and the national consensus program.

We hope that this initiative will lead to dialogue with the participation of all political forces and public unions, to restore national unity and end the division. This will restore the status of the Palestinian national goals of freedom through ending the Israeli Occupation and achieving the legitimate goals of the Palestinian people: the right of return, and self-determination.

Together on the path to unity … Our road to freedom, national independence and return