1. We, the undersigned, reject and
denounce the Geneva Accord because it fails to meet the requirements
for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Accord
violates Palestinian national and human rights, contradicts international
law, and seeks to consolidate and legitimize Apartheid rule in occupied
Palestine, thus ensuring further conflict and violence. Specifically,
- Obstructs the rights of Palestinian
refugees to return to the homes and properties from which they were
driven and ratifies the ethnic cleansing of 1947-1948 without any
acknowledgment of Israel's culpability, responsibility, or remorse.
The Accord allows Israel to set the number of refugees it will absorb,
while the remainder would have to resettle elsewhere and pursue compensation
from an international fund. The right of return is an inalienable
human right that cannot be legally abrogated by treaty; this right
is protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and United Nations Resolution
- Does not deliver true self-determination
for the Palestinian people, but subordinates the proposed pseudo-state
through an economic and political dependency on Israel; under the
Accord, Israel maintains ultimate control over borders, water resources,
airspace, Palestinian security (because of demilitarization) and other
matters-making a mockery of the basic sovereignty needed for meaningful
- Reconfigures the borders according
to Israel's unilateral and illegal colonization of the West Bank and
Gaza Strip, and legitimizes Israel's annexation of "Greater Jerusalem,"
including its surrounding ring of settlements. The Accord will keep
many of the Israeli illegal settlements in place; as compensation,
the Palestinians would gain land rights to virtually uninhabitable
areas, such as parts of the Negev desert.
- Legitimizes the racist nature of
the Israeli state by implicitly recognizing it as a "Jewish state,"
allowing Jews worldwide the right to immigrate to it, while denying
its non-Jewish natives the right to return. This confirmation of Israel
as a theocracy-not a democracy-perpetuates the State's racist laws
and jeopardizes the future of its non-Jewish citizens.
- Ignores key provisions of UN resolutions
pertaining to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and effectively validates
Israel's Apartheid system. The Accord also includes an "end of
claims" clause that would release Israel from further responsibility.
2. We note that Israel has shown
no willingness to reach a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
based on a just peace, and has continued to pursue a "might makes
right" policy. Specifically, Israel:
- Continues to escalate indiscriminate
attacks and commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in blatant
violation of international law, humanitarian law, and the Geneva Convention.
Israel's assaults against the Palestinian people have killed more
than 2,700 Palestinian men, women, and children during the past 38
months-the vast majority innocent civilians.
- Is building an Apartheid wall that
would leave less than 50 per cent of the West Bank for the proposed
Palestinian entity. The construction of this wall is causing severe
damage to Palestinian geography, environment, and agriculture by separating
villages from their lands, and transforming Palestinian villages into
isolated, Bantustan-type ghettos.
- Has consistently pursued a policy
of incremental ethnic cleansing throughout the occupied Palestinian
territories and especially in Jerusalem. At the same time, Israel
has pursued a policy of actively promoting the expansion of settlements-illegal
under international law, and in violation of previous accords.
- Remains in direct violation of the
conditions set in 1949 for its membership in the United Nations, including
UN Resolution 194 which specifies that "the refugees wishing
to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should
be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation
should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return."
On the contrary, Israel has consistently created more homeless refugees
and adamantly rejects the possibility of allowing the refugees to
return to their homes.
- Has demonstrated bad faith during
previous accords, including the Oslo Accords, which the Israeli government
has abused by consistently delaying phases of the process while creating
new facts on the ground. Even during the more recent "road map"
plan, Israel has refused to curtail its crimes against the Palestinian
people, and is continually escalating its aggression.
- Has exhibited an unwillingness to
make the compromises necessary for a peaceful resolution of the conflict,
even after the historic Palestinian compromise in 1993 recognizing
the Israeli state on 78 per cent of the Palestinian homeland
- Is not a credible "partner for
peace"; Israel is led by warmongers, within both the Likud and
Labor parties, who have publicly proposed criminal ideas such as mass
expulsion ("transfer") of the Palestinian people and have
explicitly indicated that a peaceful solution is not possible.
3. We affirm that neither the Palestinian
negotiators nor the Palestinian Authority have been authorized by the
Palestinian people to bargain away their national and human rights,
and that the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian people are unequivocally
opposed to such an abrogation of their rights.
- Yasser Abed Rabbo, the chief Palestinian
negotiator, has not been authorized by anyone to negotiate this agreement,
and was certainly not authorized by the Palestinian refugees to compromise
their fundamental rights.
- The Palestinian Authority, which
has signaled its approval of the Accord, has no legal authority to
surrender the rights of the Palestinian people. Moreover, its mandate
over the Palestinian people is highly questionable because this regime
has not held elections since 1996 and has failed utterly to protect
the very people it claims to represent-politically, economically,
- The Palestinian people, including
those in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in the refugee camps
of Lebanon and elsewhere, and in the wider diaspora, have expressed
in numerous protests their absolute rejection of the Accord.
- The Palestinian authors, signatories,
and participants in the Accord have overstepped the bounds of what
is morally and politically acceptable, and they should be held accountable
for acting against the best interests of the people they claim to
4. We affirm that the Palestinian
people seek justice, equality, and a peaceful coexistence, and would
support an agreement that:
- Upholds the rule of law over the
rule of power, and is consistent with international law and human
- Holds Israel responsible for its
crimes against the Palestinian people, including the expulsion of
more than 700,000 Palestinians during its foundation in 1948, and
recognizes the Palestinian right of return, restitution, and compensation.
- Upholds the dignity and sanctity
of human life, opposes the killing of innocent civilians, and rejects
all forms of racism.
5. We urge the international community
to support the Palestinian struggle until the occupation of Palestinian
lands is lifted and the Palestinian people attain their right to live
in peace and security. Specifically, we call on people of conscience
- Support the Palestinian people's
national and human rights, particularly the refugees' right of return,
and to oppose proposed accords that violate international law or human
- Aid the Palestinian people, who are
experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe-the Palestinian population
has been under constant siege and frequent curfews during the past
38 months, most Palestinians families have members who've been killed
or injured, thousands of homes have been demolished, lands confiscated,
schools closed down, emergency care and medical supplies blocked,
trees uprooted, free movement restricted, and access to jobs curtailed.
All Palestinian children have suffered psychological trauma, and nearly
half suffer from chronic malnutrition.
- Oppose the Apartheid wall that Israel
is building, including the de facto annexation of more than 50 per
cent of the West Bank, and the severe destruction and ghettoization
it is causing among the Palestinian population.
- Demand an immediate end to the illegal
and brutal Israeli occupation of all Palestinian territories. This
is the first and most basic step to achieving any form of peace and
security for both Palestinians and Israelis.
- Lobby governments and corporations
to sever their relationship with Israel until it complies with international
law and respects human rights. The absence of international pressure
is effectively a green light for Israel's continuing crimes against
the Palestinian people. The international community has a moral obligation
to oppose proposals that strip the Palestinians of their rights and
to ensure that Israel stops its crimes against the Palestinian people.