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Democratic Front calls for reform of Palestinian Authority

March 28, 2018 at 9:54 am

Palestinians showing support for the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine [Mohamed Asad/Apaimages]

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) called on Tuesday for the reform of the Palestinian Authority in order for it to be a body for national liberation, Safa news agency has reported.

The DFLP stressed the importance of abandoning the Oslo Accords and Paris Economic Protocol and making a reformed PA in line with the national resistance programme. A statement issued by the PLO faction also called for uniting all Palestinians and internationalising the Palestinian issue.

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Furthermore, the group condemned the US decision to cut funds for the PA and other official organisations and NGOs. This, it surmised, is likely to be part of the “Deal of the Century”.

US embassy might be moved to Jerusalem – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

A Palestinian response to the US decision must include the withdrawal of the recognition of Israel, said the DFLP, along with an end to security coordination with the Israelis, disengagement from the Israeli economy, withdrawal of Palestinian workers from settlements and an end to the use of the Israeli shekel as the Palestinian currency.

The DFLP also called for the PA budget to be reformed. At the moment, it pointed out, 80 per cent of the budget is spent on bureaucrats, in favour of the middle class. Such a move, it explained, would reinforce the confrontation with the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements. Part of the budget should be used to support the persistence of the Palestinians in Jerusalem, it added.

At the same time, the group called for the PA to lift its punitive measures imposed on Gaza and to unleash the cycle of development and rehabilitation of the infrastructure.