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PLO claims that “only” Palestinians have a “right to self-determination” in “Palestine”

Excerpt of a column by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily


Headline: “The [Palestinian] declaration of independence”


“The central idea in the [Palestinian] declaration [of independence] is that the Palestinian people is the only one that has a right to self-determination on the land of the State of Palestine, as it is its historical homeland.”



Palestinian declaration of independence - On Nov. 15, 1988, before the Palestine National Council (PNC), the Palestinian parliament in exile in Algeria, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat declared the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Although the borders were not specified in the declaration, it recognized the UN partition plan of 1947, which called for the creation of a Jewish state and an Arab state in the former British Mandate for Palestine.