AN URGENT STATEMENT TO THE ISRAELI PUBLIC


                                                                             November 2000

            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 naïve
            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.

            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                                 Top
            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
                                             Women?s 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 Women?s 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                                                                 Top1. 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 Muzher13. 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 Lester20. Hani Murad
           21. Ahmed El-Tabbakh22. Omar Turk23. 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 Darwish25. 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 Hadi30. 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 Rottenberg45. 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