The PNC notifies the parliamentary federations in the world with the Israeli occupation plans to end UNRWA schools working in occupied Jerusalem city

The Palestinian National Council notified the different international and regional parliamentary federations with the Israeli occupation plans that target ending UNRWA schools in occupied Jerusalem city.

The speaker of the Palestinian National Council Saleem Al Za’noon explained in identical letters that were sent to a number of international, Islamic, Arab, African, Asian and European parliament federations, on top of it the International parliament federation and the European parliament , the objectives and the risks resulted from applying the recommendations of what is so called the Israeli National Security Council that adopted the plan of the ex-mayor of the occupation in Jerusalem Nir Barakat who announced in October 2018 the closure of UNRWA schools in Jerusalem, and substituting it with schools affiliated to the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian National Council called in all of its letters, all the parliaments in the world, the international and regional parliament federations and all the related parties for:

Firstly: refusing prejudicing the UNRWA agency, and insisting on maintaining the continuation of its mission, as well as connecting always between ending its work and the implementation of resolution 194 of return and compensation according to its establishment resolution.

Secondly: Developing a global campaign to denounce the decision of the occupation state to end the mandate of the UNRWA and its educational, health and other institutions in Jerusalem.

Thirdly: Maintaining the work of UNRWA agency, and developing its incomes by stimulating and encouraging Arab and international contributions, considering that the international community bears full responsibility regarding the tragedy and the calamity of the Palestinian people, and it is incumbent upon it the task of providing care, relief, health and education for Palestinian refugees until they return to their homeland , as well as urging the donor countries and financiers to fulfill its financial commitments to support the UNRWA budget in order to fulfill the needs of Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian National Council pointed out in its letters that there are five UNRWA schools in Jerusalem, in Shu’fatt, Sour Baher, Silwan and Wadi El Joz, in addition to a major medical center in the city and children related services centers. The number of registered Palestinian refugees at the UNRWA in Jerusalem reached a hundred thousand.

Since years, the Israeli authorities prevent renewing and building additional rooms or schools for Palestinian students, and following to this decision, it closed two historical schools, one of them is Al Qadisieh school, of which the intention is to hand them over to settlement associations.

The Palestinian National Council warned in its letters that these steps come within the context of the attempts of the occupation State to end the UNRWA and the cause of the Palestinian refugees, and to Judaize the Palestinian curricula and to control the buildings that are used as schools in order to Judaize it, as part of the major judaization process of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian National Council re-assured that it is necessary for the United Nations, especially the UNRWA Agency, which was established under the General Assembly resolution no. 302 dated 8th December 1949 to confront these policies.

The PNC represents the supreme authority of the Palestinian people in all their places of residence. It sets PLO policies and plans to achieve the goals of the Palestinian people for self-determination, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of refugees to their homes.After Al-Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine, headed by Haj Amin Al-Husseini, decided to call for the convening of a Palestine National Council which met in Gaza in 1October 1948, which was the first Palestinian legislative authority to be established in the Arab state of Palestine. The Council then formed an all-Palestine government headed by Hilmi Abdel Baqi, who represented Palestine in the league of Arab States.The first national conference was held inJerusalem on 28May -2June 1964. This first National Council had 422 members, declared the establishment of the PlO, which represents the leadership of the Palestinian Arab people. The most important of which is the Palestinian National Charter, the Statutes of the Organization and others, and Mr. Ahmad Al-Shukairy was elected Chairman of the PlO.

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