80 Palestinian NGOs call to speed up achievement of national unity to face challenges, urge consensus government to take over full authorities in the Gaza Strip
November 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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Eighty Palestinian NGOs directed on Wednesday an urgent appeal to all Palestinian parties particularly president Mahmoud Abbas and  head of the government of national consensus Dr. Rami Hamdallah as well as the two rivals Fatah and Hamas to end the tit-for-tat hostile media campaigns and expedite the implementation of the reconciliation agreement to achieve the national unity and end the state of internal division.

In a press conference held in its office in Gaza, the Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO) called on the consensus government to accelerate the undertake of its role and responsibilities in the Gaza Strip and set aside the recent criminal incident of bomb attacks that targeted houses and property of the Fatah leaders in Gaza.  PNGO called to conduct investigations and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Palestinian NGOs called on the United Nations and the consensus government to back down from participation in mechanism for construction and reconstruction materials into the Gaza Strip, and demanded them instead to exert efforts to urgently accelerate the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian NGOs stressed that such controlling mechanisms not only restrict and impede the reconstruction process but also perpetuate and legitimize the Israeli occupation's blockade on the Gaza Strip .

 

Chairman of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) Board of Directors in Gaza, Muhsen Abu Ramadan said at the press conference, "The Palestinian civil society and the Palestinian NGO's Network foremost as well as Human rights organizations banded together to face the political, social and economical risks that threat the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by issuing this appeal and demanding all parties to bear responsibility towards the Palestinian cause."

Abu Ramadan stated that the appeal expresses the Palestinian civil society's concern regarding the harsh conditions under which the Palestinian people live as well as the Israeli occupation's daily escalations in the Gaza Strip to impede the reconstruction process. 

He added that the appeal expresses the Palestinian civil society's concern regarding the deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli occupation's blockade, and the deterioration of the political situation in the West Bank and Jerusalem, not to mention the judaization of the holy sites and the discriminative procedures taken by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people and the arrest campaigns in the West Bank.

Abu Ramadan pointed to the continuation of the serious repercussions of the Israeli occupation's continued blockade on the Gaza Strip particularly after 51 days of offensive when the occupation not only committed crimes against humanity but a genocide against people in some neighborhoods.

He cited that the Palestinian national reconciliation has been stalled since the late media crossfire between Fatah and Hamas that followed bombing of houses belonging to Fatah leaders during preparations to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

 

Abu Ramadan demanded the Palestinian national consensus government to speed up the reconstruction process due hundreds of people still have no shelters while the Israeli occupation exercises punitive procedures against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. 

Director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Raji Sourani said, people are outraged for they see no developments on the ground regarding the reconstruction of tens of thousands of houses and buildings that the Israeli occupation destroyed both partially and entirely during the 50 days of offensive despite three months has passed since the end of the offensive.

He demanded the international community to quickly fulfill its obligations allocated to reconstruct the Gaza Strip and announced earlier in Cairo's conference.

Sourani called on the international community to hold on the Israeli occupation's accountable for the crimes it commits against the Palestinian people and the violations it practices against the human rights.

Sourani stated that the Israeli occupation is responsible for the freedom of movement of the Palestinian people from the legal, practical and financial terms.

He stressed the need to exert efforts to completely lift the siege of Gaza to ensure individuals and goods freedom of movement between the West Bank and Jerusalem on one hand and the Gaza Strip on another.

He called on Egypt to consider the essential humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and open Rafah border crossing.

He demanded the Palestinian Authority (PA) to carry on responsible in the Gaza Strip particularly the reconstruction process.

The Director of the Palestinian NGO's Network, Amjad Shawa voiced the position and the call of the Palestinian NGOs to speed up the end of internal division and achieve the national unity to face the challenges that the Palestinian people encounter.  

He pointed out that 80 Palestinian NGOs signed the petition that comes within the Palestinian NGO's Network to mobilize efforts to achieve national unity to end the internal state of division and strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian people.

The call of the Palestinian NGOs to end the state of division and achieve the national unity to face the challenges.

The economic, social and political situation in the Gaza Strip has been deteriorating rapidly under the persistence of the Israeli occupation's blockade and the international attempts to institutionalize it through imposing mechanism to enter reconstruction materials into the Gaza Strip both of which worsened the humanitarian situation of tens of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed by the Israeli occupation's war machine during the offensive.

The situation has been also deteriorating due to the serious escalation of the occupation's violations of human rights and the continued provocations and judaization of Jerusalem as well as the escalation in the pace of attacks, lands confiscation and settlement buildings.

The rapid deterioration of the situation continues while the unity government has been paralyzed since the rise of tensions between Fatah and Hamas following the coordinated blasts that hit Fatah leaders homes and properties as well as the platform designed to commemorate the anniversary of  the martyrdom of the late president Yasser Arafat.

The situation continued to deteriorate as tensions continued to rise when Fatah officials received threatening messages on their mobiles and later mutual crossfire media campaigns began between Fatah and Hama leaving a negative impact not only on the living conditions but hurting the Palestinian cause as a whole and worsening the situation in addition to increasing the sufferings of people and depriving them of their basic human rights.

This coincides with the continued political instability and the non-performance of the national consensus government to its functions in Gaza and the lack of  donor funds flow for the reconstruction of Gaza.

Accordingly, in the light of these challenges and risks challenging the Palestinian cause, we demand all parties at the forefront of which is the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the head of the government of national consensus Dr. Rami Al-Hamdallah, and Fatah and Hamas movements, the following:

Firstly: Working to overcome the repercussions of the recent blasts, through accelerating the detection of perpetrators and bringing them to justice as well as working to stop the mutual media campaigns and instead promote "conciliatory" speech.

Secondly: The government of national consensus head by Dr. Rami Hamdallah to practically remain in the Gaza Strip to receive all government's files in the forefront the reconstruction files and the regularization of the professional staff and provision of all services, opening borders and crossings, security and ending the blockade of Gaza and  preparations for the elections.

 

Thirdly: Call the national consensus government and the United Nations to back down participation in the mechanism to oversight of construction materials flow into the Gaza Strip, which will sustain and institutionalize the blockade as will obstruct and destruct the reconstruction of Gaza.

Fourthly:  Complete the implementation of national reconciliation process, particularly the activation of the Provisional Leadership Framework of the PLO and the resumption of the role and function of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and holding its sessions, as well as accomplishment of the recommendations of the committees of each the community reconciliation and public freedoms.

Fifthly:  Support the steadfastness of our people in Jerusalem, and protect the holy sites, and thwart the Israeli plans to judaize the city, through exerting political and diplomatic efforts and creating mechanisms to recruit a truly international pressure  on the Israeli occupation as well as supporting the steadfastness of the Jerusalemites by providing serious projects that would help and empower them.

We the signatory parties believe that the Palestinian people have no choice but to move forward to achieve the national reconciliation and national unity to build a Palestinian democratic and pluralistic national system and enable the Palestinian arena to challenge and face the Israeli occupation's plans that recently fiercely emerged against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the city of Jerusalem. 

We believe that the only beneficiary of the continuation of  tension and attrition, is the Israeli occupation. Achieving our national goals requires our patience and constancy and an exercise to the Palestinian national responsibility away from nepotism, due we have no choice but achieving the national unity.