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International Conference Date: June 21-23, 1999 Place: Birzeit University


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  • ATF International Conference: Palestine at the Crossroad: Perspectives of Citizenship and Prospects of Identity, June 21-23, 1999

    A three-day international conference was convening as a contribution to the overall Palestinian effort towards promoting democratic society in the Palestinian Independent State. 

    The conference was held with the participation of 36 international and local speakers. Over 400 people attended including key PNA officials, political leaders, and representatives of civil society organizations and experts. Full proceedings were published and widely circulated. Outcomes were widely covered and sited by local and international media.

  • Sessions:

    The Opening:
    Keynote speakers: Salim Za noun, Ahmad Qrei a (Abu Ala), Osama Al Baz presented by Ahmad Raslan

    The Palestinian Entity: Four Years of Trial and Error

    o        The Executive Authority : Ahmad Abdel Rahman

    o           The Legislative Authority : Nabil Amer, Ali Jarbawi

    o           The Judicial Authority : Ghazi Atra, Ahmed Khalidi

    o           The Role of Civil Society Organizations : Mustafa Barghouthi

    Evaluation of the Political Environment and Possibilities of Establishing a Palestinian State

    o        The Declaration of Principles: Is it a Guaranteed way to an Independent State  Helena Cobban

    o        The Borders of the State and Levels of Sovereignty : Sae b Erekat, Jad Isaac

    o           The Basis, Necessities and Shape of Relations with Neighboring Countries:  Michael Hudson, Eberhard Rhein

    The Economic and Political Basis for the Palestinian Political System

    o           The Location of the PLO in the future Palestinian Political System: Hani Al Hassan, Ziad Abu Amer

    o           The Economic Basis for the Palestinian Entity : Hisham Awartani, Mohammed Rasheed presented by Hisham Jaber , Maher Masri

    Round Table Discussion: The Role and Responsibilities of Palestinian Political Factions :

    Abdil Raheem Malouh, Ghassan Al Khatib, Hasan Yousef, Qais Abdel Karim, Sakher Habash, Saleh Ra fat, Samir Ghosheh

    Final Status Issues

    o        Settlements : Hasan Asfour, Jeff Aronson

    o           Refugees : Asa d Abdel Rahman presented by Saji Salameh, Salman Abu Sitta presented by Terry Rembel

    o           Jerusalem :  Faisal Husseini, William Quandt

    o           Water : Fadel Ka wash, Thomas Stauffer

    Potentials for Palestinian Democratic Formation

    o           The Principle of the Rule of Law : Adnan Amro, Amin Maki Madani

    o           Rights and Responsibilities of Civil Society : Izzat Abdul Hadi, Paul de Waart

    Security: Between Public Interest and Citizens Basic Rights :

    Adnan Abu Layla, Azmi Shuaibi, Hassan Khreisheh, Mohammed al Masri, Kamal Sharafi

    The Palestinian Entity: Four Years of Trial and Error

    o        The Executive Authority : Ahmad Abdel Rahman

    o           The Legislative Authority : Nabil Amer, Ali Jarbawi

    o           The Judicial Authority : Ghazi Atra, Ahmed Khalidi

    o           The Role of Civil Society Organizations : Mustafa Barghouthi

    Evaluation of the Political Environment and Possibilities of Establishing a Palestinian State

    o        The Declaration of Principles: Is it a Guaranteed way to an Independent State  Helena Cobban

    o        The Borders of the State and Levels of Sovereignty : Sae b Erekat, Jad Isaac

    o           The Basis, Necessities and Shape of Relations with Neighboring Countries:  Michael Hudson, Eberhard Rhein

    The Economic and Political Basis for the Palestinian Political System

    o           The Location of the PLO in the future Palestinian Political System: Hani Al Hassan, Ziad Abu Amer

    o           The Economic Basis for the Palestinian Entity : Hisham Awartani, Mohammed Rasheed presented by Hisham Jaber , Maher Masri

    Round Table Discussion: The Role and Responsibilities of Palestinian Political Factions :

    Abdil Raheem Malouh, Ghassan Al Khatib, Hasan Yousef, Qais Abdel Karim, Sakher Habash, Saleh Ra fat, Samir Ghosheh

    Final Status Issues

    o        Settlements : Hasan Asfour, Jeff Aronson

    o           Refugees : Asa d Abdel Rahman presented by Saji Salameh, Salman Abu Sitta presented by Terry Rembel

    o           Jerusalem :  Faisal Husseini, William Quandt

    o           Water : Fadel Ka wash, Thomas Stauffer

    Potentials for Palestinian Democratic Formation

    o           The Principle of the Rule of Law : Adnan Amro, Amin Maki Madani

    o           Rights and Responsibilities of Civil Society : Izzat Abdul Hadi, Paul de Waart

    Security: Between Public Interest and Citizens Basic Rights :

    Adnan Abu Layla, Azmi Shuaibi, Hassan Khreisheh, Mohammed al Masri, Kamal Sharafi

    The Palestinian Entity: Four Years of Trial and Error

    o        The Executive Authority : Ahmad Abdel Rahman

    o           The Legislative Authority : Nabil Amer, Ali Jarbawi

    o           The Judicial Authority : Ghazi Atra, Ahmed Khalidi

    o           The Role of Civil Society Organizations : Mustafa Barghouthi

    Evaluation of the Political Environment and Possibilities of Establishing a Palestinian State

    o        The Declaration of Principles: Is it a Guaranteed way to an Independent State  Helena Cobban

    o        The Borders of the State and Levels of Sovereignty : Sae b Erekat, Jad Isaac

    o           The Basis, Necessities and Shape of Relations with Neighboring Countries:  Michael Hudson, Eberhard Rhein

    The Economic and Political Basis for the Palestinian Political System

    o           The Location of the PLO in the future Palestinian Political System: Hani Al Hassan, Ziad Abu Amer

    o           The Economic Basis for the Palestinian Entity : Hisham Awartani, Mohammed Rasheed presented by Hisham Jaber , Maher Masri

    Round Table Discussion: The Role and Responsibilities of Palestinian Political Factions :

    Abdil Raheem Malouh, Ghassan Al Khatib, Hasan Yousef, Qais Abdel Karim, Sakher Habash, Saleh Ra fat, Samir Ghosheh

    Final Status Issues

    o        Settlements : Hasan Asfour, Jeff Aronson

    o           Refugees : Asa d Abdel Rahman presented by Saji Salameh, Salman Abu Sitta presented by Terry Rembel

    o           Jerusalem :  Faisal Husseini, William Quandt

    o           Water : Fadel Ka wash, Thomas Stauffer


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