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Date posted: February 26, 2014
By MIFTAH

Ramallah -- Political figures and representatives from various social sectors made a number of recommendations during a public policy meeting held at MIFTAHís headquarters in Ramallah. These included the formation of a national committee aimed at enacting the UN resolution issued on November 26, 2013 which considers 2014 as the year of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The participants stressed on the need for the committee to be comprised of relevant PLO departments and PNA ministries in addition to social and political forces. This includes unions and organizations, civil society institutions and the private sector, in order to reflect the pluralism in Palestinian society inside the homeland and abroad. The participants also recommended that a budget be allocated for the activities of the committee.

The participants stressed on the importance of investing in this resolution on various levels including using it to target decision-makers and strengthen the Palestinian position. They said the resolution could be used to shed light on the imbalance of powers and expose Israelís settlement and colonialist plans in addition to providing a legal dimension to the Palestinian cause and the peopleís right to self-determination.

The participants said the committee could employ the UN decision to highlight the following issues and bring them to the fore of international attention: Israeli settlements, promoting the boycott of Israeli settlements, ending the occupation, holding Israel responsible for the dead end which the peace process has reached and recruiting Palestinian communities around the world to become involved in this campaign to bolster the Palestinian position and make the Palestiniansí rights a reality on the ground.

The participants emphasized the importance of united efforts by official and civil parties including efforts to hold activities and festivals to keep the issue of Palestine at the forefront at all times.

Finally, the participants called for ending the split, saying its continuation greatly harmed the role of Palestinian communities abroad in terms of the unity of their message in mobilizing support for the UN decision to make 2014 the year of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

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