Let Us Announce a Shadow Government

02.03.11 – 11:20

Fadi Abu Sadaa – PNN Editor in Chief – Without doubt, efforts by Palestinian youth to end the Hamas-Fatah division is getting  widespread support and respect and impressing leaders on both sides.


Youth Call for National Unity – PNN Photos

What gave the efforts more leverage is Prime Minster Salam Fayyad’s initiative to ask people for help ending the division. Everyone took the responsibility to make courageous moves and end the internal turmoil.

In light of present developments such as the local elections in July, presidential elections in September, and the proposed announcement of the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital in the same month, the youth feel empowered to achieve the best political and social system in our country.

Even though all efforts to reach a national unity government have failed so far, I think it’s up to us, the youth, to take steps forward and announce a national unity shadow government that includes all Palestinian factions. I am certain we can do that. This shadow government’s main role will be to monitor any future government and offer solutions to its mistakes.

We cannot stop here, but should take the initiative and reach out to Arabs and internationals, mainly the youths in the Arab world, and explain to them the importance and goals of this move. Then we must take it to the international level and seek recognition like the British Shadow government has.

Our role as youth should not stop at mobilizing the street to pressure leaders of this country to end the Hamas-Fatah division. We can do much more. As youth we have great responsibilities since we have mobilized ourselves for the first time in years. We should not stop at this point. We have to continue.

It’s time to announce a shadow government in Palestine, to leave democracy, social justice, and an independent judiciary to the creativity of the youth. The time is right to take this step and make everyone responsible and involved in this historic move, not for the sake of political or individual benefits, but for the sake of our country and people.

If a shadow government sees the light, it will send a clear message to everyone the youth are able. What the Egyptian and Tunisian youth did and what the youth in Libya and Yemen are doing knows no limit.

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