The Masar Badil, or Alternative Palestinian Path, initiative is preparing to organize a conference to be convened once again in Madrid, on the 30th anniversary of the initial Madrid Conference, in order to reject everything that the prior gathering embodied and has meant for the Palestinian people. Of course, a conference alone will not be sufficient to set right the Palestinian political compass and restructure the necessary frameworks to allow Palestinians to reclaim their rightful voice, action, and leadership of their liberation movement.
When we look at the Madrid Conference of 30 years ago, however, we also see that this was not, in reality, simply a conference but a manifestation of political power. Likewise, this initiative also goes beyond a conference – or, in reality, multiple popular gatherings and conferences – to declare, in Madrid, an alternative path for the Palestinian people and their movement that is specifically an alternative to the path of the Madrid Conference of 1991, the Oslo Accords of 1993, and all that has followed.
In response to this era of siege, the Masar Badil, with the strong leadership of Palestinian women and youth, aims to present not only a political alternative to the Madrid-Oslo era but also a cultural, social, and economic alternative through which Palestinians may regain their strength, resistance, and revolutionary unity, finding freedom for the prisoners and justice for the martyrs of Palestine. (...)