Statement by Palestinian Intellectuals and Activists

Report by Arab Rights
Published here: 21/11/00

If you wish to add your signature to the following statement, go to:

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In February of this year, we, a group of Palestinian academics and activists, addressed an urgent call to the Israeli public. We expressed in it our fear that the Oslo peace process, as it had evolved over the past seven years, was inevitably leading to further conflict - perhaps even war - rather than to our hoped-for goal: a final historic reconciliation that would enable our two peoples to live in peace, human dignity and neighborly relations.

We expressed our concern that the Oslo accords have been used by Israel, despite claims to the contrary, to create unprecedented expansion of settlements, almost double the settler population, and continue the expropriation of Palestinian land. Freedom of movement for Palestinians has been severely curtailed while settler violence against our communities continues without restraint. Against this background, the Palestinian population has had no physical, legal or political means of protection.

While military occupation is a palpable reality that affects us every day, it has been disguised under Oslo in ways that negate international law and the protection it might afford. We now live in a series of small disconnected areas which are being posited as the emerging Palestinian state. The only way to expand these Bantustans according to the distorted logic which has dominated negotiations, is for the Palestinian leadership to make concessions which would legitimize a number of Israeli demands in contravention to international law: to concede our national rights to East Jerusalem, allow settlements to remain in occupied territory and renounce the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

The Israeli leadership (be it Likud or Labor) has continued to imagine that, given the massive military balance of force in its favor, it would be able to impose on the Palestinian Authority its unjust vision of a final settlement, and pretend that the conflict is resolved in the eyes of the world. This delusion that a deeply unjust agreement can be made by Israel with President Yasser Arafat alone, who is then expected to force his people into accepting it, is profoundly shortsighted and has inevitably led to the critical situation that confronts us now.

Many of us were in the streets over these recent weeks, holding neither guns nor stones. We were holding candles to commemorate the deaths of our students, neighbors and relatives who tried to make the world hear with their lives what we were unable to with our words. The naive and dangerous notion that Palestinians took to the streets following Yasser Arafat’s orders is not only an insult to our intelligence but also a clear sign of the lack of understanding of the reality in which we live.

We are deeply concerned that the conflict has, at times, dangerously spiraled, into an ethnic/religious one, as the pogroms against Arab citizens of Nazareth, the lynching of the two Israeli soldiers in Ramallah and the numerous mob attacks on synagogues and mosques have shown. The profoundly irresponsible and self-serving act of the Barak government in allowing Ariel Sharon onto the Haram al Sharif shows not just an alarming lack of judgement, but also a total disregard for Palestinian, Arab and Muslim sensibilities. The use of live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian civilians at demonstrations there the next day and at protests ever since, shows total contempt for Palestinian life.

The stubborn and escalating use of Israel’s overwhelming military power in order to crush the current uprising and terrify the Palestinian population into submission shows a dangerous, will-full refusal to address its underlying causes. Military might may be able to subdue the current wave of protest - at the immediate cost of many lives. But in the long run, it cannot stem the will of a people seeking their just and rightful place in the world. It will also condemn us to re-visit the current crisis again and again.

All of us are firm believers in an equitable and just negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians that recognizes the right to self-determination. However we, like our communities, have lost hope in the possibility of resolving the current inequities in the framework of the Oslo agreements and the exclusive American ’brokerage’ of the process. We believe that we must find an equitable basis for peace which must necessarily take the following broad principles as a point of departure:

1. Negotiations must be based on the principles that all the lands occupied by Israel in 1967 are, in fact, occupied territories and that peace will be only be achieved by ending the occupation of these territories and thus enabling Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination and sovereignty.

2. East Jerusalem is part of these Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1967. Consequently, a final settlement must include Palestinian sovereignty over East Jerusalem and the commitment to Jerusalem as the recognized capital of two states.

3. Israel’s recognition of its responsibility in the creation of the Palestinian refugees in 1948 is a pre-requisite to finding a just and lasting resolution of the refugee problem in accordance with relevant United Nations resolutions.

4. Both sides must recognize the spiritual and historical affinities of each other to sites and locations within their own borders and they must affirm and guarantee the access and protection of the other people to these places within their own borders. But in neither case should the existence of such sites be used to advance extra-territorial claims to locations within each other’s borders.

5. We believe that the implementation of these principles will provide for a just and therefore, genuine and lasting peace. The hoped-for co-existence between our two peoples can only become possible if a reconstructed peace settlement is equitable. This requires moral recognition of the historic injustice visited upon Palestinians. Peace and co-existence will not be accomplished by imposing an unjust settlement that goes against the will of the people. This land is destined to be the home of our two peoples. The need for a solution based on mutual respect and accommodation is dictated not only by the search for security and stability, but also by the quest for freedom and prosperity of future generations. It is our hope that, out of the tragedies of recent weeks, a new and fair vision of peace can emerge between the two peoples.

Name    Position/Profession

1. Dr. Haidar Abdel-Shafi Head of Red Crescent Society, Gaza

2. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi PLC Member

3. Dr. Saleh Abdel Jawad Birzeit University

4. Dr. Kamal Abdul Fattah Birzeit University

5. Dr. Abdul Rahman Abdul Ghani Birzeit University

6. Ezzat Abdul Hadi Bisan Development Center

7. Dr. Rabab Abdul Hadi American University, Cairo

8. Ghassan Abdullah Birzeit University

9. Prof. Ibrahim Abu Lughod Birzeit University

10. Dr. Lamis Abu Nahleh Birzeit University

11. Dr. Ragheb Abu Sarris Birzeit University

12. Nadia Abu Zahra Researcher

13. Dr. Mohammad Abu Zaid MD and writer

14. Dr. Ilham Abu-Ghazaleh Birzeit University

15. Dr. Latif Abuhijleh Birzeit University

16. Prof. Eisa Abu-Shamsieh Birzeit University

17. Khader Abusway Journalist

18. Dr. Mamdouh Aker Surgeon

19. Mohammad Alagha Journalist, London

20. Dr. Suad Al-Aamiry Riwaq

21. Dr. Nazmi Al-Ju’beh Riwaq and Birzeit University

22. Ghassan Al-Khatib Jerusalem Media and Communication Center

23. Rana Al-Khatib Birzeit University

24. Mustafa Al-Kurd Composer and musician

25. Dr. Helga Al-Kurd/ Baumgarten Birzeit University

26. Dr. Majdi Al-Malki Birzeit University

27. Dr. Sherif Al-Mousa American University, Cairo

28. Hussein Al-Rimmawi Birzeit University

29. Dr. Simon Araj Birzeit University

30. Tayseer Arouri Birzeit University

31. Naim Ashhab Journalist

32. Prof. Naseer Aruri Emeritus, University of Massachusetts

33. Naela Ayesh Womenís Affairs Center, Gaza

34. Suheir Azzouni Women’s Affairs Technical Committee

35. Dr. Raja Bahlul Birzeit University

36. Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi MD and Head of Palestinian Union of Medical Relief Committees

37. Siham Barghouty Palestinian Federation of Women’s Action

38. Kamal Boullata Visual artist, France

39. Ibrahim Dakkak Institute of Palestine Studies

40. Rabeiha Diab Ministry of Youth and Sports

41. Dr. Beshara Doumani Berkley, USA

42. Ali El-Taher Birzeit University

43. Dr. Tamer Essawi Birzeit University

44. Prof. Ghassan Faramand Birzeit University

45. Anita G. -Abdullah Birzeit University

46. Dr. Rita Giacaman Birzeit University

47. Dr. Rema Hammami Birzeit University

48. Rudaina Hammouri UK

49. Dr. Sari Hanafi CEDEJ, Cairo

50. Dr. Ahmad Harb Birzeit University

51. Dr. Roger Heacock Birzeit University

52. Dr. Jamil Hilal Writer, Palestine National Council member

53. Prof. Khalil Hindi Brunel University, UK

54. Dr. Suha Hindiyeh-Mani Birzeit University

55. Dr. Samia Huleileh Birzeit University

56. Islah Jad Birzeit University

57. Penny Johnson Researcher, Birzeit University

58. Aysha Joma Terre des Hommes

59. Hassan Joubeh Publisher

60. Zahira Kamal Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation

61. Prof. Sharif Kanaana Birzeit University

62. Mustafa Karkuti Journalist, London

63. Samira Kawar Journalist, London

64. Hassan Khader Writer

65. Jalal Khader Advocate

66. Salima Khalil Journalist

67. Dr. Samir Khalil Neuro-Pediatrician

68. Rashid Khatib Orlando, USA

69. Amal Khreishe Palestinian Working Women Society

70. Eileen Kuttab Birzeit University

71. Flora Lahham Journalist, London

72. Khalil Malouf Terre des Hommes

73. Prof. Nur Masalha SOAS, University of London

74. Dr. Nadim Mseis Birzeit University

75. Zakaria Muhammed Poet and journalist

76. Prof. Ibrahim Muhawi Edinburgh University

77. Prof. Foad Mughrabi University of Tennessee

78. Reem Musleh Birzeit University

79. Dr. Walid Mustafa Bethlehem University

80. Dr. Issam Nassar Institute of Jerusalem Studies

81. Prof. Jamal Nassar Illinois State University

82. Maha Nassar Palestinian Womenís Union

83. Mamdouh Nofal Writer and PCC member

84. Dr. Muna Odeh University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

85. Ziad Othman Journalist and researcher

86. Imad Qamhiyeh Birzeit University

87. Dr. Mudar Qassis Birzeit University

88. Nahla Qourah Ramallah Municipality

89. Suleiman Rabadi Birzeit University

90. Ramzi Rihan Birzeit University

91. Adnan Sabah Lawyer, UK

92. Nahed Sabri- Mikki Pediatrician

93. Abdul Jawad Saleh PLC Member

94. Hilmi Samara Petroleum Consultant, UK

95. Dr. Rosemary Sayigh Researcher and author

96. Prof. May Seikaly Historian and author

97. Dr. Othman Sharkas Birzeit University

98. Raja Shehadeh Lawyer and writer

99. Samih Shibib Lecturer and journalist

100. Dr. Azmi Shu’aibi PLC Member

101. Mahmoud Shukeir Novelist

102. Prof. Salim Tamari Institute of Jerusalem Studies

103. Vera Tamari Artist, Birzeit University

104. Dr. Spiro Tamas Surgeon

105. Muna Tamimi Birzeit University

106. Dr. Liza Taraki Birzeit University

107. Laura Wick Birzeit University

108. Prof. Muhsin Yusuf Birzeit University

109. Jamal Zaqout Palestinian National Council member

110. Prof. Elia Zureik Queens University, Canada

111. Dr. Wassfi Kafri Birzeit University

112. Dr. GamaL Siyam Birzeit University

113. Dr. Muhammed Abd al-Haq Birzeit University

114. Dr. Samih Geda’ Birzeit University

115. Dr. Ilias Saqan Birzeit University

116. Dr. Mundir Barakat Birzeit University

117. Dr. Khalid Abaza Birzeit University

118. Dr. Allan Tlaibi Birzeit University

119. Dr. Fuad Husni Birzeit University

120. Dr. Mervat Bulbul Birzeit University

121. Prof. Mashhour Abudaka Birzeit University

International Support

1. Dr. Amr Assaad, Business Consultant - Cairo

2. Joyce Bacon, California, USA

3. Dr. Deborah A. Gordon, Associate Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, U. S. A.

4. Dr. Ludwig Watzal, Journalist, Bonn/Germany

5. Dr Mona Khonkarly, Physician, Lausanne, Switzerland

6. Mrs. Florence Richards, California, USA

7. Baher Alashhab, , Human Rights & IT Consultant. Geneva, Switzerland

8. Suleiman Abu Dayyeh, Palestine Desk Officer, Friedrich Naumann Foundation

9. Nels Bacon, California, USA

10. Heidi S. Shoup, Washington. D. C

11. Elana Wesley, Translator and peace activist. Jaffa-Tel Aviv, Israel

I wish to add my wholehearted support to the statement to the Israeli public signed by a group of Palestinian academics and activists in November 2000. An equitable basis must indeed be found if any peace is to endure. The four stated principles serving as a point of departure can constitute a good basis for the dialogue of reconciliation.

12. Sherry Muzher

13. Joseph Backus, Palestinian activist. Kingston, Canada

14. Fadi Chahine & Colleagues, Middle East News Service, USA

15. Alaa zidan, Bahrain

16. Ken Freeland

Please add my name to “international support” to your very eloquent and fair peace proposal. As a longtime supporter of the Palestinian cause of liberation and self-determination, I consider this proposal a minimal set of expectations for a just peace. I wish you had been more forthright about the right of return for Palestinian refugees, but otherwise I think it covers all the important bases.

17. Hicham Dennaoui, The Palestinet Project

Please add my name to your International Support List. I too wished you had mentioned the inalienable right of return of the refugees.

18. Scott Kennedy Chair, National Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA, Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz, California, USA

19. Nora Lester

20. Hani Murad

21. Ahmed El-Tabbakh

22. Omar Turk

23. Theodore K. Nace

Friends: I welcome the opportunity to associate myself with the Statement. My affiliations are with the Presbyterian Church, the Green Party, the Dakota Resource Council, the ADC and the Inter-Faith Alliance. , 916 Berwick Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403 + 410-798-6071 + AkitaNace@aol. com

24. Khaled Darwish

25. Amneh Badran, Jerusalem Center for Women

26. Odate Hanna, Jerusalem Center for Women

27. Mohamed Alassas, MD. , Bahrain

28. Gerri Haynes, Vice President, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

29. Arab A. Abdel Hadi

30. Shmuel Gertel, Jerusalem

31. Simona Sermoneta, Jerusalem

32. Hadeel Qazzaz, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Ramallah

33. Ahmed Benani, Lausanne, Switzerland

32. Prof. Samih Farsoun, American University and Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, Washington, DC

33. Yehudith Harel, Peace Activist, Ramat Ha Saharon.

I wish to support to the Petition: Peace must be based on equal rights and justice for the two people.

34. Fares Abdullah, Palestinian student at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, USA

35. Paul Shalom Treat, [Founder and Director Center for Religious Pluralism (CRP)], P. O. Box 301, Nahariya 22102, Israel Tel: 972. 4. 9511244, Fax: 972. 4. 9927517, E-mail: crp@netvision. net. il

I support your ad taken in Ha’aretz Nov. 10, 2000. If possible please ad my name to your statement though I am not an Arab. I have lived in Israel for 20 years and worked with Abuna Chacour at Mar Elias College in Ibillin. Justice must prevail !

36. Victor & Emmy Abboud

We are in full support of the statement. It is about time that the suffering of the Palestinian people comes to an end thru’ a peaceful resolution of the conflict wherein the Palestinians can live in peace and dignity in their own state.

37. Mostafa K. El-Defrawy, (P. Eng. , MA. Econm. )

I wholeheartedly support this statement by the Palestinian academics, professionals and activists which is sent to the Israeli people. There would never be any peace unless it is based on equitable & respectable principles that are acceptable to both sides. What I wish to say to the Israeli people is the following: “How can the people who suffered so much in the Holocaust inflect so much misery and suffering on other human beings, now that they have the power?”. The Israelis - of all people - know that military might and brutal force will not silence the voice of people fighting for their freedom; they have been subjected to similar kinds of inhuman treatment through out history and they survived, and so will the Palestinian people. The sooner the Israelis come to their senses and realize that the only way to peace is through meaningful negotiations between two “equal” partners, the better it is for both sides.

38. Said Murad, Musician, Jerusalem

39. Edgar Zarifeh, Toronto 40. Lillie Haikal, Dubai, UAE

41. Diala Al Jabri, Amman, Jordan

The settlements must stop, the israelis must stop playing with facts on the ground and acknowledge the Palestinian right to return. . . why not have settlements for Palestinians and when will we start to talk of human rights and compensation for Palestinians

42. Cheryl A. Rubenberg, Professor, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Dear Friends: Though not Palestinian, I have worked for twenty years in solidarity with the Palestinian people for their right to a just settlement of their cause in an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty in the entire West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem as those territories were defined prior to the 1967 war. Ideally, not being a nationalist, I would prefer a democratic secular state for all peoples in all of historic Palestine. That, however, being unlikely, especially at this time, I fully support the former. Please add my name to the list of supporters of your very poignant and well articulated statement. Thank you.

43. Dr. Neve Gordon, Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University, P. O. B. 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel

44. Catherine Rottenberg

45. Samir Rantissi, Media Advisor, Negotiations Support Unit, Ramallah

46. Hortensia Amaro, Ph. D. Professor, Boston University School of Public Health Social & Behavioral Sciences, 715 Albany Street, T2W Boston MA 02118 (617) 638-5146 (617) 638-4483 fax hamaro@bu. edu

47. Asma Regragui, New Brunswick, Canada

48. Yves Leclerc, New Brunswick, Canada

49. Sakina Bouhiaoui, Montreal, Canada

50. Abdelhadi Regragui, Montreal, Canada

51. Annelies Moors, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

52. Rela Mazali, Herzlia

53. Manal Dunbok, Nablus

I AM NOW STUCK IN EGYPT BECAUSE OF THE CLOSING OF THE PALESTINIAN AIRPORT !!

54. Karin Elsamawi, Mi, USA

I’m an Arab American and I wish to add my support to the statement to the Israeli public signed by a group of Palestinian academics and activists in November 2000.

55. Emad Omar - Jordan 56. Haya Al-Dajani, Glasgow, Scotland

You certainly have my support.

57. Roland Rance, Secretary, Waltham Forest Trades union Council, London, UK

As an anti-Zionist Jew, I fully support the Palestinian struggle for return and self-determination. There will be no peace for Israeli Jews without justice for Palestinians.

58. Professor Samih Farsoun, Washingtpon, D. C 59. Loai Samawi, Mi, USA

Please add my wholeheart support to the statement addressed to the Israeli public.

60. Majed Alyahya-Saudi Arabia

I full heartedly support the statement made by the Palestinian academics and activist, and realize that it is the main prerequisite for peace.

61. Suheila Elkateb, Canada

62. Mohamed Ben Hinda, Al-Diwan Bookstore, Geneva, Switzerland

63. Susan Wehling, Acting Department Head, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Valdosta State University, GA

Please add my name to the list of those supporting Palestinian Rights.

64. Moshe Behar, Columbia University

65. Oz Shelach, Jerusalem, Israel; NYC, US. Cofounder, Artaction, www. ArtAction. org.

66. Lital Levy, Graduate student (Hebrew and Arabic literatures), U. C. Berkeley

Thank you. This statement projects a much-needed voice of reason and I hope it will be heard by those who have the power to bring about the changes that can lead to a just, equitable, and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis. I myself am an Israeli citizen. I will forward this to my Israeli and Palestinian friends.

67. Meir Gal, Brooklyn, NY.

68. Daniel Amit, Racah Institute of Physics, HU Tel (972-2) 6584928 fax: 5611519 69. Matthias Hui, Reformed Churches Berne-Jura Switzerland 70. Donna Wallach, San Jose, CA United States.

I also support the statement to the Israeli public. I am an anti-zionist jew, I totally support Right of Return for EVERY Palestinian woman, man and child to return to their homeland. I also support a Palestinian state in place of the state of Israel. I don’t believe that it is possible to make a democracy for non-jews in Israel, it is a zionist state and zionism is racism.

71. Chandan Mishra, Milpitas, California.

I believe that devout Jews believing in God would certainly understand the pain and suffering endured by Palestinians. I am neither a Jew, Muslim or Christian. From my unbiased position, I can certainly say Palestanian cause is just. I hope Israeli brothers and sisters would realize the enormity of injustice done through their appratus and help their Palestinians realize their just goal.

72. Jeffrey Sacks, Columbia University, New York, NY

73. Yulie Khromchenco, Journalist, Tel-Aviv.

I would like to add my name and support this important statement.

74. Mazen El Sayed, Student, Lebanon

I am ashamed because no Lebanese has contributed in this. . but I have on thing to say. . we really want peace and progress. . . and we know the size of Israeli forces. . but we must all know that Palestine is our land and not theirs. . . the Saint Sepulcher and the Aqsa mosque are ours not theirs. . .

75. Fernand S. Cohen, Professor, Director of the Imaging and Computer Vision Center, Drexel University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

I would like to add my unequivocal support to this urgent statement to the Israeli public.

76. Izzat Ramini, Journalist, Ramallah

77. Margarete Strasdas, Germany

I was ashamed and furious when our Bundeskanzler visited the region and delivered his speech in a kind of singsong instead of dealing with the reality!

78. Kiilu Nyasha, activist/artist/journalist, San Francisco, USA

I support your statement and the added remarks concerning the need to address more fully the problem of Palestinian refugees and their right of return. I would add that in my humble opinion, peace will not be lasting unless or until a secular state is organized to replace the Zionist State of Israel – a revolutionary state that would accommodate Arabs, Arab Palestinians, Jews, et al. , in its congress through proportional representation.

79- 89. Safrun Khan, Anees Khan, Azeez Khan, Surrey, B. C. , Canada

Mansoor Khan, Kamrun Khan, Faizal Khan, Ismail Khan, Nagma Khan, Jasmine Khan, Ibrahim Khan, Burnaby B. C. , Canada

My name is Safrun Khan and I would like to tell the Israeli public to please consider how Palestinians are treated by your government and some people in your country. You have to put yourself in their shoes. To be oppressed to the extent that they are being is wrong. It is violations of human rights that your government is doing. Think about the fact that before Israel was created how did all three religions live in that region. There was no oppression. Everybody lived peacefully. We need to bring this peace back and the only way is by Israelis fighting for human rights for all people and stopping the oppression by getting your government to stop the human rights violations towards Arabs. You have the power to bring peace to your country. Take the hatred and misconceptions out of your hearts and remember that Palestinians (Arabs) are humans too. They are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and they have the same feelings as you do. If you are oppressed then you will do what Palestinians have done. You have the power to make things right for your families and people around you. Tell the Israeli government you want peace and to treat Arabs as equals not as second class citizens.

90. Frances Hillyard, Berkeley, California

91. Leah Zimmerman, New York, NY

92. Ariel Yanai, Tel-Aviv Israel

As a Israeli citizen (Jewish), I find your statement most encouraging in this troubled times. I find your voice to be pragmatic and wise, since it is more focused on Israel’s recognition of the historic injustice it caused, rather than present strict uncompromising claims. To my mind, a great part of the Israeli public is obsessed with racism and distrust towards the Palestinian people, and fear from peace with it. Combined with greediness to exploit its land this produces indifference to the Palestinian suffering. Therefore your direct call to the Israeli public is most important, and should be continued and expanded.

93. Judi Hirsch, Ed. D. , Educator, Library Commissioner, Green Party member, Union representative, community activist and Israeli citizen.

I would be happy to add my name to the statement.

94. Sharin Chiorazzo, Ph. D. Candidate NYU, Politics, and long-time activist

As an American activist who has supported Palestine and the rights of the Palestinians, economic, social, political, civil, and human, and has seen first hand the suffering of the Palestinians, both in the occupied territories, in Lebanon, and inside the ’green line’, I offer my wholehearted support. I wish to see in the very near future the Palestinians attain all their just and legitimate rights, including the right to return for the more than 5 million refugees who continue to be stateless, and in many cases live in very dire conditions. The Palestinians should continue to struggle until they receive all these rights, with the support and backing of the international community, and the strong condemnation of Israel for its fascist and racist policies against them, including genocide.

95-96. Rev. Rick and Sandy Mitchell, Ecumenical News, Concord, CA USA

Please add our names to the following Statement. We are glad to be able to join in support of this peace proposal, in solidarity with our Jewish and Palestinian friends, as well as many in the United States and other countries, who wish to have a fair and equitable and lasting peace in Israel and Palestine. We serve as ministers and teachers (I am a retired engineer) in Interfaith work and in churches of several different denominations. We fully support freedom and independence for both Palestine and Israel, with full respect for their respective traditions and cultures in the Mideast and elsewhere. Our prayers are for a quick cessation of violence and the beginning of a constructive building of mutual trust and cooperation.

97. Stephen L. Kessler, Albany, California, member of the Labor Party (USA)

Your efforts to engage Israeli Jews are to be commended and will help peace activists here who seek to both solidaridize with our compatriots in Israel and Palestine, and engage our fellow citizens here.

98. Deniz Altayli, Jerusalem

99. Jason Imbach, California

100. Gay Winters, California

101-104. Ms. Aseel Nasir Dyck, historian Dr. Stephen Dyck, mathematician Dr. Mohammed Nasir, educator

Only by addressing the root causes of the conflict with justice and fairness will there be a long lasting and true peace.

105. Margaret M. McAuliffe, California

I fully support this statement.

106. Jareer Kassis, Ramallah (currently completing graduate study, U. of Pittsburgh) 107. Mark Cooper, London 108. Nola Drazdoff - Seattle WA, USA

The content of this statement is based in truth. In the past two years, I have had my eyes opened to the true meaning of the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. It can never be a permanent situation. It will never work. . . for Israel. . . or the Palestinian people. . . and it will certainly never produce peace. The ideas put forth in this statement provide an excellent framework within which to move towards a real solution. All people deserve to live in peace, dignity and freedom.

109. Katalin Katz, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

110. Maria J. Kanaan, Chicago, IL

111. Michal Zweig, Herzelia, Israel

I fully support this important statement that gave me hope in its reasonable and pragmatic tone in these terrible, violent and hopeless days. Let’s remove the settlements and start working hard towards peace again.

112. William Thomson, PhD. , Ann Arbor, MI

113. Fil. dr. Peder AlÈx, The Department for Historical studies, History of Science and ideas, Ume University, Sweden

114. Jack Tilney, San Francisco, CA

115. Magid Shihade, Seattle, WA, USA, mshihade@u. washington. edu

I would like to add my name to your list in support of the statement. I am a Palestinian from within the so called Green Line, and hope that we all will live as equal citizens of one secular state. In the meantime two states is the only visible solution, but there will be no peace in the region unless people in that land live in democratic secular state. Soon we will live all free. Occupation and oppression never last.

116. Guy Bollag, Zuerich, Switzerland

I strongly support your appeal, that gives hope to all sides, also for us Jews, that feel concerned by the events and ashamed by the Israeli attacks against the lives and rights of the Palestinian people.

117. Laleh Behbehanian, The American University in Cairo

118. Irit Katriel, Haifa, the anti-apartheid movement

I strongly agree with the description of Oslo as fraud. I support this petition, although I do wonder why you have given up the one-state solution option that was mentioned in the Febuary petition. It is probably the best solution, and unfortunately I’m not sure 242 is any more practical today, with the heavy matrix of Israeli control over the WB&G. http://www. geocities. com/NoApartheid

119. Dr. A. Majeed Sweilem National director of Palestinian employment project (ILO) - Palestine Ramallah

120. Dror Warschawski, Paris, France

121. Yifat Susskind, Associate Director, MADRE: International Women’s Human Rights Organization

122. Mark Marshall, Ottawa, Canada

As a Canadian (of European Christian background) who has been concerned about the ongoing injustice in Palestine/Israel for many years, I am honored to add my name to this important statement. I wish I could say that true peace can only come with justice and that the security of one people cannot be based on the insecurity of another, but unfortunately the history of my country and other colonial-settler states that were built on the total destruction of the indigenous societies proves that that is not true. However, due to the extraordinary generosity, wisdom and maturity of Palestinians such as the initiators of this statement, the Jews of Israel now have a unique opportunity to escape the ignominy of being recorded in history as a society built on racist oppression or worse.

123. Daniella Ambrosino, Servizio Studi - Corte costituzionale italiana - Roma (Italy)

I agree with your statement.

124. Miri Weingarten, Israel

125. Rami Adout, Tel-Aviv, Israel

126. Tom Scudder, Managing Editor, Middle East Council of Churches’ News Report, Limassol, Cyprus

127. Monica Tarazi, , Haifa, ’48 Palestine

128. Rachel Leah Jones, Brooklyn, NY.

129. Munir Fakher al-Din, Graduate Student, NYU

130-34 Esther Kaplan, Melanie Kaye-Kantrowitz, Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, Alisa Solomon, Donna Nevel, New York City, NY, USA (Jews for Peace Through Justice, New York City, NY, USA (peacenik00@hotmail. com)

135. Saul Slapikoff, Cambridge, MA, USA

136. Deniz Altayli, Jerusalem

137. Seteney Shami, Anthropologist, New York

138. Ravi Khanna, Director, 1world communication, P. O. Box 2476, Amherst, MA 01004 E-mail: oneworld@igc. org

Please add my name as well as the name of the organization is support of this very thoughtful statement.

139. Ginger Riley, Peace Advocate from Pennsylvania, USA

Thank you for this statement to the Israeli public, and please add my name as a strong supporter.

140. Darlene Wallach, San Jose, CA United States

141. Prof. Camille Mansour, University of Paris

Please add my support to the statement

142. Ata Qaymari Palestine

143. Uri Shani, Teacher, Israel

Please add me to the list. Such petitions from the Palestinian side toward Israelis are extremely important, although I’m not very convinced there are really many people in this (Israeli) side to talk with. . . .

144. Dr. Sophia Bietenhard, Theol. , Zurich-Switzerland

I thank you for your initiative and your courage!

145-146. Julia Storm and Barbara Glindemann, Hamburg - Ramallah

147. Jeff Halper, Coordinator, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

148. George AWAD, The Evangelical Lutheran Church, JERUSALEM, ga_elcj@netvision. net. il, www. holyland-lutherans. org

149. Ms. Lubna Nadvi, Lecturer, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa

The majority of South Africans are wholeheartedly behind the Palestinian struggle for freedom, given our apartheid history. We salute the courage of those who have died for the cause, and we pledge our full support for the freedom struggle, until victory is achieved. Nkosi Sikelele i Palestine

150. Lilo Koenig, Member of AUGENAUF, Swiss Group for Human Rights, Zuerich 151. Betsy Wolf-Graves, Clinical Social Worker

I recently looked at a map showing the Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories. I thought at the time that the first thing any negotiators for peace must do is look at that map. The next thing they should do is explore together the meaning of those numerous settlements scattered throughout the territory. In fact, if the negotiators would spend time looking at maps of the areas inhabited by Israelis and Palestinians and discussing them, that presents a daunting task. Oslo was a mistake. I felt it to be so from the beginning. I perceived the shock in Hanan Asrawi’s voice when she was asked to comment on the agreement. Maybe I was projecting my own shock but I don’t think so.

152. S Cassidy, Riverside Middle East Research Project

Please tell me why a so-called “democracy” would mow down people with machine guns and tanks. Today it was children who were not even demonstrating. Surely a people who have been through a genocide should understand not to have it inflicted on others. And can you really blame the Palestinians, who had so much hope for what self determination would bring, only to see their hopes dashed with more and more delays in returning even a portion of their land? Wouldn’t you do the same?

153. Wadad Abed, Ann Arbor, Michigan

154. Susan B. Whitlock, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

155. Amira Abdel Aziz, student, University of Zurich

156. Sheila Goldmacher, Berkeley, California, retired teacher, librarian, attorney, lover of peace and activist in the struggles of all peoples to gain their freedom and human dignity.

157. Max Weiss, Stanford University, CA

158. Shelley Berlowitz, Zurich, Switzerland

159. Danny Koenig, Switzerland.

160. Jeffrey Blankfort, Former Editor, Middle East Labor Bulletin

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Updated 17 November 2000