Several Palestinian leaders called on Tuesday for an end to all forms of tensions and armed clashes, and said that chaos and insecurity should be stopped in order to preserve the Palestinian national interest and struggle.

The leaders said in a seminar in Ramallah, in the northern part of the West Bank, that all factions and figures should act in order to avoid dragging the people into the destructive chaos and civil war.


The seminar was conducted by the Ramallah Center for Human Rights.


Saleh Ra’fat, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, said that the internal clashes should be stopped and a National Unity Government should be formed.


He called for immediate action in order to stop the chaos and the internal clashes that have claimed the lives of several innocent civilians.


Ra’fat demanded all gunmen to withdraw from the streets of the Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, especially in the Gaza Strip.


He also called for the formation of a National Security Council to enforce law and order.


Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, stated that the solution will be created by achieving national consensus and a democratic regime.


“Israel succeeded in creating division among the Palestinians”, Barghouthi said, “It geographically separating the people, isolating them and creating conflicts among them”.


He warned that Israel is attempting to force its own solutions to the conflict by creating a Palestinian state with temporal borders in order to annex Jerusalem and its suburbs in addition to annexing the plains areas and transforming the Palestinian areas into isolated cantons, separated and surrounded by the Wall.


Bassam Al Salhi, Secretary-General of the leftist Palestinian People Party, said that facing the threat of civil war comes by returning to public through a civil movement that ends tension and encorages the people to withdraw all causes of civil war.     


Al Salhi also called for achieving a specific vision that is capable of solving the security issues in order to end armed clashes and enforce security among the people.


He added that this united vision should be capable of answering the question of whether we need armed factions in the streets or not.  


Qais Abdul-Karim, member of the political bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, warned that the presence of two authorities and two powers will create further clashes, and called on all factions to unite.


Abdul-Karim also said that unity is the only democratic choice that will be capable of ending the crises.


Khalida Jarrar, member of the bureau of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, called for creating a civil power that elects and creates a leadership which is capable of protecting the people and preserving the democratic values of the society.     


This civil power, Khalida said, should be capable of preventing the civil war and stopping the chaos, internal clashes and violence.