Palestinian Institute for National Guidance
In the past century, the Palestinian People was confronted with historically unjust and strategically definite attempts to terminate it. However, it was able to consolidate its vision to resist this strategy for during the first half of the past century, the Palestinian People was engaged in a bitter and continuous struggle – in the context of imbalance with the strength of the Zionist project that was determined to overtake Palestine, establish the Jewish State, and bring immigrants from Europe and throughout the world to replace the Palestinian People, on its land and in its homeland. That phase of confrontation ended with the occupation of over two thirds of the Palestinian land, the establishment of the Jewish State on it, and the expulsion of its native inhabitants, who were dispersed throughout the refuge areas in the surrounding countries and the Diaspora, where they rebuilt their society and prepared it to continue the struggle and achieve their dream in returning to their homeland.
In the year 1967, the Jewish State completed the occupation of the rest of the Palestinian land and pushed a new wave of Palestinians to the refugee camps. Additionally, it continued in its policy of pushing more Palestinians to leave their land and go the far away diasporas in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. This is a policy that continues until today through crackdowns, the siege and isolation, as well as the destruction of the Palestinian economic and cultural life.
Connecting these communities, which make up more than half of the Palestinian People, with the motherland by building cultural, economic, and social bridges, was always one of the most important goals of the Palestinian resistance. In this period, this goal gains maximum importance, which in turn necessitates the establishment of an independent institution whose mission would be exclusively to deal with the new generations of Palestinian immigrants as well as connecting them with their language, history, culture, and homeland in addition to turning them into an active, effective, and productive part of the national struggle related to their People.
This institution would undertake the following tasks:
- Organize exchange trips between the youths between the homeland and the Diaspora.
- Organize an exchange of delegations between Palestinian institutions in the homeland and in the Diaspora.
- Hold joint conferences and workshops.
- Exchange youth camps that enjoy a creative and knowledge-based program.
- Establish a unified youth organization that the institution would oversee. Its function would be to connect between youths in the homeland and in the Diaspora.
- Issue unified publications and periodicals in various languages and under a joint editorial board that allows for varied contributions.
- Establish a website in various languages that would take interest in opening discussion as well as sharing knowledge between the homeland and the Diaspora.
- Coordinate with the Palestinian organizations and institutions that are active in areas where there are Palestinian communities through a unified Council that formulates programs, submits recommendations, and oversees joint activities.
- Support creative and cognitive activities and productions in all their forms – written, visual, and audio – in a manner that would consolidate the institution’s goals.
The confrontations of the past century and the painful events that the Palestinian People have faced, especially the 1948 Catastrophe, have left a deep mark on the construction of the correct account that clarify the struggle of Palestine’s People and the conditions in which it battled – including the confrontation of the Zionist project – as well as the injustices that it has faced and the heroism it exhibited. This is a dilemma that has always confronted the Palestinian researcher, politician, and artist and that was evident, painful, and inductive in the fiftieth anniversary of the Catastrophe in the year 1998.
Confronting the Israeli account, which has been re-collected, arranged, and formulated in a manner that suits the Zionist settlement plan… This requires the institution to make the effort of gathering the real Palestinian account and presenting it to the young generations of Palestinians first, the Arabs, and the world that does not know the roots of the Palestinian struggle with the Zionist project in the third place. In this regard, the institution shall:
- Collect the Palestinian account from the places in which it transpired by recording oral accounts from witnesses or those relayed from them as well as scrutinizing these accounts and comparing them with what Palestinian and Arab researchers, historians, and artists have written as well as classifying them. These accounts should also be compared to what international researchers and historians have written,
- Organize specialized workshops, conferences, and seminars to assess and develop the work.
- Organize workshops to train and prepare those working in the project with the latest methods used in this field in order to reach a comprehensive and succinct Palestinian account that would be disseminated and consolidated through the media and diplomatic avenues as well as through the printed and visual curricula and literary publications.
The task of building firm bridges with the Palestinian communities in the Diaspora and its new generations, who have been almost disconnected from what is occurring in their motherland, as well as unifying their knowledge and carrying over the Palestinian reality to their communities in order to bond closely with the collection of the Palestinian People’s historical account and the documentation of its events as well as its construction on correct, documented, and real bases as a principal source of national knowledge – this is equally strongly connected with the need to search for creative Palestinian expertise and young generations through the varied training and preparation programs that are established to provide accurate information to these generations about their heritage, culture, history, and real homeland.
The institution shall:
- Organize workshops to prepare and train creative persons in practical choices that related organizations and institutions in the homeland and Diaspora could participate in.
- Provide the appropriate avenues (published, visual, and audio) to present those outstanding persons while stressing their support and encouraging their participation.