Palestinian Liberation Organization Statements 1. The PLO`s Ten

Palestinian Liberation Organization Statements
1. The PLO's Ten Point Plan
Adopted at the 12th Session of the Palestine National Council
(June 8, 1974)
Cairo, 8 June 1974
The Palestine National Council,
On the basis of the Palestine National Charter and the Political Program drawn up at the eleventh
session, held from 6-12 January 1973; and from its belief that it is impossible for a permanent
and just peace to be established in the area unless our Palestinian people recover from all their
national rights and, first and foremost, their rights to return and to self-determination on the
whole of the soil of their homeland; and in the light of a study of the new political circumstances
that have come into existence in the period between the Council’s last and present sessions,
resolves the following:
1. To reaffirm the Palestine Liberation Organization’s previous attitude to Resolution 242, which
obliterates the national right of our people and deals with the cause of our people as a problem of
refugees. The Council therefore refuses to have anything to do with this resolution at any level,
Arab or international, including the Geneva Conference.
2. The Palestine Liberation Organization will employ all means, and first and foremost armed
struggle, to liberate Palestinian territory and to establish the independent combatant national
authority for the people over every part of Palestinian territory that is liberated. This will require
further changes being effected in the balance of power in favor of our people and their struggle.
3. The Liberation Organization will struggle against any proposal for a Palestinian entity the
price of which is recognition, peace, secure frontiers, renunciation of national rights, and the
deprival of our people of their right to return and their right to self-determination on the soil of
their homeland.
4. Any step taken towards liberation is a step towards the realization of the Liberation
Organization’s strategy of establishing the democratic Palestinian State specified in the
resolutions of the previous Palestinian National Councils.
5. Struggle along with the Jordanian national forces to establish a Jordanian-Palestinian national
front whose aim will be to set up in Jordan a democratic national authority in close contact with
the Palestinian entity that is established through the struggle.
6. The Liberation Organization will struggle to establish unity in struggle between the two
peoples and between all the forces of the Arab liberation movement that are in agreement on this
7. In the light of this program, the Liberation Organization will struggle to strengthen national
unity and to raise it to the level where it will be able to perform its national duties and tasks.
8. Once it is established, the Palestinian national authority will strive to achieve a union of the
confrontation countries, with the aim of completing the liberation of all Palestinian territory, and
as a step along the road to comprehensive Arab unity.
9. The Liberation Organization will strive to strengthen its solidarity with the socialist countries,
and with the forces of liberation and progress throughout the world, with the aim of frustrating
all the schemes of Zionism, reaction and imperialism.
10. In light of this program, the leadership of the revolution will determine the tactics which will
serve and make possible the realization of thee objectives.
The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization will make every effort to
implement this program, and should a situation arise affecting the destiny and the future of the
Palestinian people, the National Assembly will be convened in extraordinary session.
Source: Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations
2. The Six-Point Program of the PLO
(December 4, 1977)
In the wake of Sadat's treasonous visit to the Zionist entity, all factions of the Palestinian
Resistance Movement have decided to make a practical answer to this step. On this basis, they
met and issued the following document:
We, all factions of the PLO, announce the following:
FIRST-. We call for the formation of a "Steadfastness and Confrontation Front" composed of
Libya, Algeria, Iraq, Democratic Yemen, Syria and the PLO, to oppose all confrontationist
solutions planned by imperialism, Zionism and their Arab tools.
SECOND: We fully condemn any Arab party in the Tripoli Summit which rejects the formation
of this Front, and we announce this.
THIRD: We reaffirm our rejection of Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.
FOURTH: We reaffirm our rejection of all international conferences based on these two
resolutions, including the Geneva Conference.
FIFTH: To strive for the realization of the Palestinian people's rights to return and selfdetermination within the context of an independent Palestinian national state on any part of
Palestinian land, without reconciliation, recognition or negotiations, as an interim aim of the
Palestinian Revolution.
SIXTH: To apply the measures related to the political boycott of the Sadat regime.
In the name of all the factions, we ratify this unificatory document.
c). In asserting the importance of the relationship of struggle and nationalism between Syria and
the Palestinians. The Syrian Arab Republic and the PLO announce the formation of a unified
front to face the Zionist enemy and combat the imperialist plot with all its parties and to thwart
all attempts at capitulation. The Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria, the Socialist
People's Libyan Arab Jamahirnyah and the PDRY (People'.s Democratic Republic of Yemen South Yemen) have decided to join this front, making it the nucleus a plan-Arab front for
steadfastness and combat which will he open to other Arab countries to join.
10. Members of the pan-Arab front consider any aggression against any one member as an
aggression against all members.
The conference pledges to the Arab nation that it will continue the march of struggle,
steadfastness, combat and adherence to the objectives of the Arab struggle. The conference also
expresses its deep faith and absolute confidence that the Arab nation, which has staged
revolutions, overcome difficulties and defeated plots during its long history of struggle-a struggle
which abounds with heroism is today capable of replying with force to those who have harmed
its dignity, squandered its rights, split its solidarity and departed from the principles of its
struggle. It is confident of its own capabilities in liberation, progress and victory, thanks to God.
The conference records with satisfaction the national Palestinian unity within the framework of
the PLO.
Source: Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin, ed, The Israel-Arab Reader, (New York, NY: Penguin
Books, 2001)