Our own main allegiance should be to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the core truth that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
The current Israel/Palestine mess right now is a one state "solution" with sovereign Jews-preferred Israel easily able to oppress and persecute the native non-Jewish population. I think Obama should move forward firmly reaffirming the importance of a fair and just negotiated peace, a comprehensive peace and a fully secular peace for Israel and Palestine- a side by side, non-violent two state solution firmly respecting all the aspects of The Arab Peace Initiative... Crucial points being that:
1. Israel end its occupation;
2. Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194 from 1948 plus many subsequent UN resolutions reaffirming this universal basic human right.
Meanwhile Palestine should be finding ways to welcome home all the many Palestinian refugees who do not want to be Israeli.
America can do its part too by offering sanctuary to Palestinian refugees who want to begin new lives far away from the scene of so much heartbreak and tragedy.
Anne Selden Annab
Growing Gardens for Palestine
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Emanating from the conviction of the Arab countries that a military solution to the conflict will not achieve peace or provide security for the parties, the council:
1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well.
2. Further calls upon Israel to affirm:
I- Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4, 1967 lines as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.
II- Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194.
III- The acceptance of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
3. Consequently, the Arab countries affirm the following:
I- Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.
II- Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace.
4. Assures the rejection of all forms of Palestinian patriation which conflict with the special circumstances of the Arab host countries.
5. Calls upon the government of Israel and all Israelis to accept this initiative in order to safeguard the prospects for peace and stop the further shedding of blood, enabling the Arab countries and Israel to live in peace and good neighbourliness and provide future generations with security, stability and prosperity.
6. Invites the international community and all countries and organisations to support this initiative.
7. Requests the chairman of the summit to form a special committee composed of some of its concerned member states and the secretary general of the League of Arab States to pursue the necessary contacts to gain support for this initiative at all levels, particularly from the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the Muslim states and the European Union.