مداخلة د. عصام نصار في ملتقى فلسطين حول:” آراء بترتيب البيت الداخلي: المنظمة والسلطة”.

مداخلة د. عصام نصار في ملتقى فلسطين حول:” آراء بترتيب البيت الداخلي: المنظمة والسلطة”.

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  1. Thanks for addressing this important topic concerning the need for reviving and restructuring the PLO. Issam have raised many issues concerning the Palestinian movement (i.e, the PLO) in representing the obviously shredded Palestinian societies along with responding to Palestinians’ different needs in different geopolitical settings. While I agree with Issam about imagining that the revival of the PLO may play an essential and constructive role in addressing Palestinians’ general goals and local needs is important, the facts on the grounds may contradict this wishful thinking. I would mention, among many other factors, two important issues that could cause fundamental challenges to the PLO. The first is that the old PLO since its inception in 1964 and radicalizing in 1968, has been dominated by one faction (Fatah) and more importantly by a group of strong men in that same faction. Changing such legacy maybe very difficult where the new PLO structure may once again fall victim to factional dominance and to more entrenched authoritarian leadership present in the current PA leadership. The second factor relates more to the geopolitical reality surrounding the Palestinians. As we know, since the early 1970s, following the PLO expulsion from Jordan, the PLO fall victim to Arab states domination, which eventually put more pressures on the PLO to respond to the political realities of Arab politics than to the needs of the Palestinians in different locations. I think Issam and the others make a good point relating to the possible new role for the PA to play, where it should become essentially focused on its administrative and local needs to serve the Palestinians in the territories. However, we must realize that the present PA leadership would only be willing to accept such a role if the same entrenched leadership would also remain leading the PLO without any threat to its current or future authority. Regardless to these real challenges, we as Palestinians still need to revive the representative and political role of the PLO. While representing the Palestinian people in the Diaspora and in historic Palestine, the PLO’s role should remain focused on general political agendas and principles concerning many issues, including, but not limited to, the future of negotiations (if and when this may happen) and above all in reflecting the national unity of the Palestinian diversity (including Islamists that were excluded in the past) on those general goals. Just a reminder that in the late 1970s there were more countries around the world that have recognized the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people than those countries which recognized Israel. However, the drastic failure of the PLO leadership (namely in the post-Oslo era) led to the demise of the PLO as the sole representative body and to the erosion of regional and international backing for the Palestinian cause. We must admit that at the present time, even those international supporters and activists that are affiliated with the BDS movement and others are often contradicted by statements and conducts made by the present PA leadership, because of their different goals and interests. Furthermore, the failure of the two-state option, and the seemingly all but certain annexation of part of the occupied territories should direct our attention more into reviving the PLO to regain its previous political status and pressure for other alternative scenarios (to the Oslo framework) for reviving the Palestinian struggle against such brutal external and internal challenges facing the Palestinians.

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