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Meshal: Hamas backs Palestinian state in ’67 borders

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Ha’aretz reports that

Hamas supports the united Palestinian position calling for the establishment of a fully sovereign Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, including Jerusalem, and the right of return for refugees, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal told the Palestinian daily Al-Ayam.

This may well be the most important piece of news this decade. Hamas agreeing to a 2 state solution removes the only real obstacle to peace in the middle east. All the rest is excuses.

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Written by yishaym

April 2, 2008 at 11:07 am

Oi, here we go again (or: boycott, yes, but do it right)

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Engage tells us that the national executive of UCU backs new boycott proposal. Engage give a very well-thought review of why the boycott is morally wrong and strategically stupid. I won’t repeat their arguments – go read them yourself. You should also read Shuli Dichter‘s account of why the Supreme Monitoring Council, the most broadly representative umbrella organization of the Arabs of Israel, directors of Arab non-profit organizations and the joint associations of Arabs and Jews did not accede to the boycott calls, despite the pressure they were under to do just that. Shuli is the co-director of Sikkuy, the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality. His view is shared by Mohammad Darawshe, the Abraham Fund’s Director of Development for Europe and Israel. When asked recently, his response was clear and simple: the boycott is stupid, harmful and cheap.

And here’s a twist of historical humor: this news of a fresh attempt to boycott Israels bastions of forward thinking come at the same week when we are flooded with rabid rabbis calling for discriminant and even violent action against Arabs. What better illustration of the ludicrous hypocrisy of the boycott campaign? I mean, if you really care about anything other than your smug sense of moral superiority, your pleasures of intellectual colonialism, how about boycotting Dov Lior and Shmuel Eliyahu? Or better yet, supporting the Abraham Fund in taking legal action against them?

OneVoice under attack

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This just came in the mail. The www.OneMillionVoices.org event is under attack, and loosing momentum. I’m posting the email, as is. I’m not trying to promote a particular agenda or tactic, only honest debate.

 

Hey Guys,

Hope you’re all o.k. As a status update, Jericho and London are sadly still cancelled. There is, rather randomly, a huge event going on in Aberdeen in support of this and there’ll be a press conference in Washington DC so if any of you are up in Scotland/ Washington/ have friends there do encourage them to go. I’m going to put the details below.

Please find below Jake’s response to the allegations against us together with our press release. We need to get this around everywhere.

Dear All,

 

All of you have been targeted by a campaign based on hatred and a commitment to hide issues from the people.

 

This is the truth: OneVoice does not seek to dictate final status negotiations; it does not have a political agenda. It is an organization whose work in building civil society can add massive value to the conflict resolution process precisely because it is not so arrogant as to dictate answers. You and I sitting together now and defining resolutions doesn’t do any good because we have no power to implement them – it is outside the real political world and symptomatic of political naivety and the fact that we have lost hope of actually changing anything, so we just row theoretically amongst ourselves.

 

In the November conference next month, the leaders will sit just as powerless because no one is standing up and saying that it is time to raise expectations. It is time for the world to know that the people of the region will accept the deteriorating status quo no longer.

 

If a million Israelis and Palestinians take to the streets tomorrow and say ‘we want answers found’ then maybe, just maybe, we will change this feeble political dynamic and not lose this opportunity and that provided by the Arab peace initiative.


What has happened is that people with an absolutist agenda, have taken a survey that OneVoice did years ago to gauge public opinion on different issues and changed questions into statements and claimed that it was a policy document for final status negotiations. This is simply a lie. If I had received it with all its lies, I would turn against the organization. But that’s because of the lies that mask the truth about an incredible attempt to galvanise civil society to empower the process to deliver the two-state solution that most people want.

 

Instead we face the reality that this opportunity will be missed, that Palestinians will be dismissed as ‘extremists and terrorists’ and that the truth will be lost.

 

I ask everyone on this list to forward this email so that the Israeli and Palestinian people know both that they have a partner on the other side, and that they have foul sinister enemies who would seek to use the refugees as a pawn in their political game in order to try to con us all out of a chance to end the situation – a chance that the people deserve.

 

Forward this message, publish this message, relay this message. You have the power between truth and lies now, between progress and regression.


Jake

 

Jake Hayman

International Program Coordinator

OneVoice Movement

jake@onevoicemovement.org

www.OneMillionVoices.org

 

The views represented in this email do not necessarily reflect those of the organization, but those of the individual. If you have received this message in error please delete it immediately and notify the sender.

 

OneVoice Statement – Lies and Threats Savaging Truth, Palestinian Cause and Opportunity for Change

12 days ago a slanderous press release was launched by a fringe group that sparked rumours that OneVoice Palestine exists to negotiate away the rights of refugees and international law. OneVoice’s teams here come together to categorically deny this and expose the fact that some Palestinians have been misled by a campaign of hate, coupled with threats of violence that have spiraled out of control.

OneVoice is a civil society movement to empower the conflict resolution process from the grassroots. We have no power to affect the content of negotiations, but we do have the power to tell the leaders and international community that we will no longer accept a failure to deliver real progress. The OneVoice Mandate calls on our heads of State to commence immediate negotiations, uninterrupted until the conclusion of a viable Two State agreement in order to amplify moderate forces in the November negotiations. That is the power of the grassroots and without a mobilized grassroots constituency we leave our leaders open to attack and without the strength to deliver real answers.

Of course the people have demands, whether they be to end the occupation or to deliver security, OneVoice, however, does not have a political platform other than to endorse negotiations for a Two State solution and stands only to support the leaders and demand that the will of the people serve to energise the process. Its Palestinian offices in Gaza City and Ramallah, run by nationalist Palestinians for nationalist Palestinians, exist to do exactly this.

And so, an organization of around 600,000 Palestinian and Israeli signatories, board members from Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat, Jibril Rajoub, and Islamic Chief Justice Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi to Arab-American Institute President Dr Jim Zogby and Founder George Salem, is being targeted by absolutists with no intention of ending the conflict, who are defrauding the people out of their right to peace, and into being a part of their battle. They must not be tolerated and we implore all of you who are confused by the lies and seek further clarification to look at the OneVoice track record and materials yourselves.

The opportunity is not lost: 600,000 people have already spoken and will not lose the hope and momentum we are building in the wake of the Arab Peace Initiative and the upcoming November Summit.

We will stand by President Abbas and tell him that he can and must deliver something for the people and that we will support him every step of the way when he does because these enemies of peace will attack him too as they did attack Chairman Arafat’s ‘peace of the braves’ and all other efforts toward a just solution that will bring about Palestinian independence, an end to the occupation and peace with its neighbours including Israel based on the terms that he as the Palestinian head of state agrees upon.

Written by yishaym

October 15, 2007 at 12:43 am

OneVoice Blogger Meet-up: London, Sept 10 5-7pm

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OneVoice are inviting London bloggers for a chat, as part of the One Million Voices build-up. You can also check out The OneVoice blog.

More details on Facebook. Let me know if you want to come. And no, we will not be offering any free food or beer.

Written by yishaym

September 4, 2007 at 7:17 pm

Happy birthday to me

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OneVoice’s One Million Voices™ event is 4 days after my birthday. So give me a present and be there..

The Event
On October 18, 2007 OneVoice will hold the largest simultaneous mobilization of Israelis & Palestinians in the history of the region. Via live, internationally-broadcast public summits in Israel, Palestine, and in communities worldwide, One Million Voices to End the Conflict will give ordinary citizens platform to voice their commitment to end the conflict.

The Goal
We aim: to deliver 1,000,000 signed mandates to the political leadership calling for immediate commencement of negotiations; to inspire millions of moderate citizens to recognize their power and responsibility in the conflict resolution process; to create a tipping point to propel Palestinian & Israeli leaders to fulfill the will of their peoples.

The Process
Mobilization & activism can no longer remain characteristics monopolized by extremists – we need your help to make this people’s summit make history. Sign on to our mandate to show your support. Pledge to be there with us, in the region or in your own area. Spread the word to your friends and family. Lend us your time, your resources, your voice.

Written by yishaym

August 4, 2007 at 1:46 am