Salman Abu Sitta, the head of the general commission of the conference, said that the Palestinians abroad and the refugees, who number as many as 6 million, bear several responsibilities. He called for them to prosecute the Israeli occupation authorities in the international courts, and warned them about the procrastination of the Palestinian Authority in this regard.
The General Secretary of the conference movement, Moneer Shafiq, hailed the Great March of Return, which, he said, united the Palestinians. Describing the security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Israel as “shameful”, he accused the PA of living on paradoxes as it claims to be protecting the Palestinian people, while also cooperating with Israel to deter Palestinian resistance to the occupation.
The conference was launched in Istanbul in February last year with the objective of creating a popular movement to reinforce a real role for the Palestinians living abroad.