Youth meet Palestinian decision makers
Youth meet Palestinian decision makers
Youth meet Palestinian decision makers

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Under a project entitled; Strengthening Palestinian Non-Violent Approaches Promoting a Just and Lasting Peace, and supported by the Government of Canada, the Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy ended a series of 30 meetings with 30 decision makers in the West Bank. The aim of the meetings was to discuss with them the current political situation and the importance of their commitment into achieving peace based on the international legitimacy. The discussion with the decision makers concentrated on the political process since the Israelis are using the absence of any political peace process to increase the confiscation of lands, to continue the arrest of Palestinians and to close the roads between the main cities on the West Bank.

 

Throughout the meetings, it was clear that the decision makers did not feel comfortable with the questions raised by the youth. They tried to avoid certain questions and continued talking about the “Deal of the Century”.  

The youth were glad to meet the decision makers and to discuss with them political issues. The youth had the needed information and the skills to open political discussions with the decision makers. They were able to raise serious questions, to propose ideas towards just peace, to talk about negotiations as a mechanism and not as an objective. They were also able to defend the view of the nonviolent resistance.  However, at some instances, the decision makers were not willing to answer some questions raised by the youth, who asked about the Palestinian leadership and how it is marginalized by the Arab leaders; they asked about the deal of the century and how it is progressing and is imposed on the Palestinians in spite of the refusal of the Authority. They also asked about the reasons that prevent the Authority from taking action or any confrontations; about the parliamentary elections that are to take place in the upcoming 6 months and they wondered why there was no talking about presidential elections.

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