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Palestine Liberation Organization Negotiations Affairs Department (PLONAD) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The PLO has accepted that Israel’s 1967 Pre-Occupation borders (the ‘Green Line’) shall serve as the international border between the states of Palestine and Israel…

As part of a viable two-state solution, all Israeli colonies [settlements] must be evacuated, including those located in Occupied East Jerusalem…

All of Jerusalem (and not merely East Jerusalem) is the subject of permanent status negotiations…

Palestinian refugees must be given the option to exercise their right of return (as well as receive compensation for their losses arising from their dispossession and displacement) though refugees may prefer other options…

Israel owes financial compensation to Palestinians for Palestinian property stolen or destroyed by Israel. Conservative estimates of the current value of such property run well into the billions of dollars, though estimates vary based on whether non-material losses are included. In addition, Israel is obligated to compensate the Palestinian government…”

“Summary of Palestinian Positions,” PLO NAD website, Feb. 3, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The PLO Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) was established in 1994 in Gaza in order to follow up on the implementation of the Interim Agreement signed between Israel and the PLO. Until mid 2003 the NAD was headed by Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee. After Mahmoud Abbas was selected by the Palestinian Legislative Council in April 2003 to become the first Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Saeb Erekat, former Minister for Local Government and Chief Palestinian Negotiator was nominated as Head of the NAD by the PLO.”

“About Us,” PLO NAD website (accessed Nov. 16, 2007)

Mission:

“The Communications Department aims to inform and influence international opinion in support of the Palestinian positions on permanent status issues and interim initiatives, to mobilize local and international civil society organizations to lobby on behalf of those positions, and to overcome misperceptions held by the Israeli public concerning Palestinian goals and intentions towards Israel. In essence the section publicizes and explains Palestinian negotiation positions in order to confront and balance out Israeli narratives so creating an atmosphere that will both allow negotiations to occur and increase the likelihood of a fair and sustainable outcome.”

“About Us,” PLO NAD website (accessed Nov. 16, 2007)

Other:
Governmental Organization
Quoted in:
  1. Should Israel Allow Settlements in the West Bank?
  2. How Were the Palestinian Territories Formed?
  3. Should the Israeli Fence/Wall Exist?
  4. Should Jerusalem Be the Undivided Capital of Israel?
  5. Is Water Equitably Distributed throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories?