The network of the civil society institutions for the protection of the human rights and the enhancement of the rule of law organized in cooperation with the Friedreich Ebert Stiftung an open meeting on the reality of the human rights in the Palestinian territories. The meeting was convened ib the morning of 2/8/2007, in presence of Faissal Abu Shahla the responsible for the Committee of Human Rights in the Palestinian Legislative Council, lawyer Rajee Sourani the director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights and one of the most prominent defendants of the human rights, Dr. Ossama Antar the program manager in the Fredriech Ebert Stiftung, Ibraheem Moammar the head of board of directors of the NSDL, in addition to many ntables and respresentatives of civil society institutions ib the Rafah governorate.

In his word, Ibraheem Moammar highlighted the importance of holding such meeting in such hard circumstances that afflicts the Palestinian people. He said that the when we talk about the reality of the human rights in the Palestinian territories, we talk about a long course of struggle full of suffering that the Palestinian people carried out to defend his legitimate rights, the first of which in the right to self-determination and living in freedom and dignity. Despite this long marsh that has never yet finished, the reality of the human rights in the Gaza Strip still stand still. All the human rights are still being abused and confiscated. Moammar called to the respect of the human rights in the Gaza Strip in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and the work for the enhancement of the culture of tolerance and the dialogue among the sons of the same people.

In his word, the MP Faissal Abu Shahla came across a number of Palestinian legislations that were issued in order to protect the human rights. He affirmed that everybody is equal before the law and the individual freedom is a right that is guaranteed for all. He refused any attempt to assault the civil institutions by the force of arms for whatever reasons. He demanded the return to law and to devote oneself to serving the ordinary citizens and defending their social, economic, and political rights. He emphasized that many complaints were received from poor families who couldn’t afford to procure their nutrition. He considered that the egress of the crisis is holding early presidential and legislative election and to restore people as the referee, for there is two opposing parties on the Palestinian arena.

Rajee Assourani, the director of the Palestinian Center of the Human Rights (PCHR), came across the stages through which the human rights were developed in Palestine, explaining that the PCHR have worked in all stages whether during the Israeli occupation or under the Palestinian Authority; in both stages it paid heavy price. He considered that recent legislative election as a wedding for democracy the didn’t last for long. He deplored humiliating citizens in the Rafah crossing, which manifests a violation of the human rights and dignity. He added that PCHR deplored from the first beginning the military takeover of the Gaza Strip by Hamas. He considered the military action outside the Palestinian legitimacy as a crime that complicates the problems and doesn’t resolve it. The Palestinian political regime is living the worst of his days.

In the end of the meeting, the participants emphasized on the importance of respecting the human rights in the Palestinian territories. They also emphasized on the role of the human rights organizations in the Palestinian territories, demanding that these organizations be the symposium of truth for the defense of the human rights. The participants demanded that the principle of accountability be implemented on the governor and the governed, and investigations be made in all outlaw actions that defy the human rights.