During the past days, the Palestinian arena has been experiencing a state of anticipation regarding the possibility of postponing the legislative elections, after their conduct was linked to the occupation’s stance towards them in occupied Jerusalem.
Based on national responsibility, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was keen to participate in the “Palestinian leadership” meeting that was held to discuss this matter, and exert all efforts to complete the requirements for holding the elections in its three cycles: “Legislative, Presidential, and National Council” with their deadlines in accordance with the presidential decree, and the agreement on national mechanisms to impose them in the city of Jerusalem as an indispensable national necessity, through which we resist the occupation’s decision to refuse to hold elections in the city.
In light of the decision of the influential leadership today to postpone the elections, the Popular Front affirms the following:
First: Renewing its position by rejecting the postponement of the elections, which it expressed in the “Palestinian leadership” meeting, adhering to the national agreements to hold the elections in its three rounds, which opened hope among our people to end division and the possibility of democratic change, rebuilding national institutions according to the national will.
To this end, the Front will seek by all means to reverse the decision to postpone the elections through the broadest national and popular alignment that forces the influential leadership to implement this national entitlement.
Second: The Popular Front sees that the elections are one of the mechanisms of self-determination for our people, and on this basis it called for elections to be a means of clashing with the occupation, and to aim, in its outcome, to rid our people and the institutions of power from agreements signed with it, and from the political, economic and security restrictions that were created.
In this sense, the Palestinian leadership should not have subordinated its decision regarding the elections to the approval of the occupation to take place in the city of Jerusalem, but rather sought to impose it as a form of engagement over its Arab identity, as the elections in Jerusalem or anywhere in Palestine do not require “Israeli” permission.
Third: The expected negative repercussions of the decision to postpone the elections require everyone to have a responsible national treatment, especially since it halts the reconciliation process and efforts to end division and opens to further deepening the internal crisis, which exhausts Palestinian society, and constitutes for the enemy the optimal environment to complete its settler colonial project, and work to liquidate The rights of our people.
In this context, the Front warns against resorting to any decisions or procedures to escape the repercussions of the decision, which could contribute to the continuation of the state of division as it is and even deepen it, and also warns against attempts to respond to the conditions of the Quartet by returning to negotiations.
Fourth: The decision to postpone the elections puts a question mark on the seriousness of the influential and dominant group about ending the division, restoring national unity. The decrees were initially formulated with factional calculations and we were not surprised by this decision.
The way to solve any problems within any faction is through democratic and constructive dialogue, not the abolition of the democratic elections, which were described as an entry point to end the division and build national unity and its institutions.
Fifth: Adhering to the formula of secretaries-general as a temporary political reference until the formation of the new National Council, to follow up on the completion of reconciliation, in addition to partnering with the organization’s executive committee in the report on national issues.
Sixth: Forming a consensus government that will work to unify the institutions of power in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and assume its responsibilities in dealing with people’s concerns and issues, and preparing society for elections at all levels.
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