The Five Palestinian Democratic Parties and Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO) followed with great appreciation the latest developments of the Palestinian reconciliation recently achieved in Cairo on October 12th, 2017, under the patronage of Egypt, which underlines the importance of Egypt's pioneering role and its sincere efforts in embracing and protecting the national cause of our people.
The Five Democratic Parties and PNGO pointed to the importance of the Palestinian Consensus government steps that followed the achievement of the reconciliation agreement, the foremost is taking over the national consensus government the ministries and other positive steps that promote reconciliation.
The Five Democratic Parties and PNGO emphasize that the reconciliation process must be linked to the rebuilding of the Palestinian political system and ensuring the participation of all components of Palestinian society in dialogues aimed at completing reconciliation and building a political system based on democracy and collective leadership in decision-making and avoiding exclusions and domination, to maintain the Palestinian people's constant and legitimate rights and renew the legitimacy of the Palestinian institutions. They also emphasized the commitment to respect the democratic process and the ballot box results and the peaceful transfer of power.
The Five Democratic Parties and PNGO insist that reconciliation is necessary for the unity of our people, for the protection of their national rights, and for strengthening their steadfastness and ability to confront the Israeli occupation's project and the practices of the extreme right-wing Israeli government; which confiscates the Palestinian lands and builds thousands of settlement units and seeks to Judaize Jerusalem on a daily basis and keeps Gaza blockaded in order to reinforce colonialism and racial discrimination.
Accordingly, the Five Democratic Parties and Palestinian NGOs Network PNGO insist on the following:
First: The Five Democratic Parties and PNGO expressed their strong disapproval of the internal division from the very first moment and called to end the division. Series of initiatives were proposed and campaigns, workshops and meetings were carried out to provide human rights, relief and development services, in order to support resilience and express determination to reject violations of human rights and the foundations of democratic life.
Second: Achieving reconciliation, ending the internal division, and restoring the unity of all components of the Palestinian political system in the forefront of the Palestine Liberation Organization, according to a greed political program based on a national reconciliation document signed in 2006.
Third: Achieving reconciliation according to the mechanisms of democratic partnership based on organizing the periodic presidential, legislative and the National Council elections, and holding elections in all Trade Unions, Federations and Grassroots organizations in accordance with the proportional representation, with the principle of peaceful rotation of power, the principles of human rights, the separation of powers and the promotion of the independence of the judiciary.
Fourth: Getting Immediately involved in a comprehensive national dialogue with the participation of all components of the Palestinian society, especially youth and women, to provide a broad political and community incubator for reconciliation based on partnership and participation, and ending all aspects of division to build a democratic and pluralistic Palestinian society and system based on partnership.
Fifth: Restoring the unity of the judicial authority on professional bases in accordance with the Basic Law and the Judiciary Law, and away from the abhorrent party-based classifications or politicization of the judiciary which must remain independent and a refuge for the entire Palestinian people.
Sixth: Suspending legislation and stop enacting laws and resolutions that affect national principles and democracy, and activating the Legislative Council (PLC) to exercise its legislative power, and reconsider all laws, legislation and decisions issued during the period of internal division.
Seventh: There should be a Palestinian community monitoring on the mechanisms of implementing reconciliation agreement, together with the Egyptian brokers and guarantor of the reconciliation, to guarantee its implementation to the fullest extent and with the speed required to put an end for the division years in the Palestinian history.
Eighth: Abolishing all decisions and measures that have negatively affected the lives of citizens in the Gaza Strip and are no longer justified after the dissolution of the Governmental Administrative Committee and after achieving the new reconciliation agreement, and enabling the government to carry out its work in the Gaza Strip, and immediately opening Rafah border crossing, solving the electricity crisis and other crises, to give our people hope and strengthen people's own confidence and resilience to face all the political plans which pose a threat to Palestine and the Palestinian people's present and future.
Ninth: Calling on the National Reconciliation Government to strengthen coordination, partnership and networking with all components of the Palestinian society, including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, to contribute to the launching of a plan for the economic, social and cultural recovery of the Gaza Strip after many years of Israeli blockade and internal division, and formulating coordination mechanisms to invest the energies and efforts, to rescue the people of the Gaza Strip from the disastrous situation that afflicted them, and to move into a new stage of development and production for achieving freedom and independence and end the occupation.
Palestinian NGO Network – PNGO,
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine – DFLP,
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – PFLP,
The Palestinian People’s Party – PPP,
The Palestinian Democratic Union – FIDA,
The Palestinian National Initiative Movement – PNI.