Nov 15, 2018: Palestinians adopted Declaration of Independence 30 years ago
ALGERIA - The Palestinians’ parliament in exile convened in Algiers in 1988 to adopt the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. Thirty years on, Palestinians have succeeded at rallying wide international support for statehood, but, arguably, it couldn’t be farther from achievement.
Yasser Arafat, the longtime leader of the Palestinian movement, took the podium and read the declaration to a roaring PNC audience: “The Palestine National Council announces, in the name of God, in the name of the people, of the Arab Palestinian people, the establishment of the state of Palestine in our Palestinian nation, with holy Jerusalem as its capital.”
The underlying setbacks include the repeated failure of international efforts to advance the so-called two-state solution; Israel’s settlement policy in the West Bank and economic siege of the Gaza Strip; and the chasm between the Gaza and West Bank leaders and political factions.
The most recent setbacks include Israel’s claim to the contested Jerusalem as its capital, and United States endorsement of the claim: U.S. President Donald Trump moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.
Al-Monitor noted on the 28th anniversary that for Palestinians, the question is no longer one of a state or a flag or a president. An independent state is about true sovereignty on the ground and freedom to move without restrictions.