[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: A reminder for those who believe that somehow
retreating to the '67 lines would bring utopian peace. The PLO was
established to destroy Israel in 1964 - not 1967.]
47 Years Since PLO’s Establishment
Date : 29/5/2011 Time : 17:00
RAMALLAH, May 29, 2011 (WAFA)- 47 years ago, Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) was established to fight for the liberation of the
occupied Palestine and to protect the rights and aspirations of the
According to WAFA’s information archive concerning January 23 1964, Gamal
Abdul Nasser, the late Egyptian president, convened the Arab summit to
discuss the Israeli threats; diverting water from Jordan River. The
conference was held in Cairo from January13 to 17.
Furthermore the summit discussed the Palestinian cause and entity, it took
‘practical decisions to establish a body that will organize the Palestinian
people to liberate their homeland and enable self determination. Therefore,
it decided to authorize Ahmed al-Shuqairy, late representative of Palestine
at the Arab League, to follow up contacts with member states and Palestinian
people to discuss the ideal measure of organizing Palestinians.
Al-Shuqairy formed a preparatory committee to convene the Palestinian
National Conference I, the members were chosen by other preparatory
committees, which were appointed and supervised by al-Shuqairy. These
committees coordinated the candidates’ names in which representatives from
various Palestinian communities were included. Al-Shuqairi annexed many
Palestinians who were former members in Jordanian deputies’ council, house
of lords, municipal councils and in ministries.
In the presence of King Hussein II and participation of foreign affairs
ministries of Arab world, except for Saudi Arabia, the conference was held
on May 28, 1964, in Jerusalem.
The First Palestinian National Council(PNC) for the PLO was held from May 28
to June 2, 1964, it was composed of 419 members .
The Palestinian National Charter was adopted, along with the Fundamental Law
of the PLO; that is concerned with the organization’s structure and
procedures. Thus the PLO was established as the political expression of the
PNC elected Ahmad Al-Shuqeiry as the first chairman of the PLO Executive
Committee. Abdul Majid Shoman was named as the chairman of the PLO’s
Palestine National Fund and a member of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee held its first meeting in Jerusalem on August 25,
Al-Shuqairy’s vision of the PLO’s creation was based on compiling all the
Palestinian forces, organizations and factions in one revolutionary
organization, therefore all the political, military, informative and
financial energies will be united and directed to serve that unity.
In 1964, PLO relied on two main basis; Palestinian and Arab. The
Palestinian, represented in the Palestinians’ determination to establish its
entity; the Arab, represented in the Arab governments’ approval to recognize
and support this entity. Those two ‘pillars’ resulted in the establishment
of the organization’s headquarters and departments in Jerusalem, as well as
in the opening of the representative offices in the Arab countries.