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Many people of good faith yearn for a future that is a joint democratic pluralistic state that encompasses all of the historic land of Palestine (currently the political entities of the apartheid State of Israel and the post-1967 Israeli occupied Palestinian Territories). It is time to put our beliefs into practice by bringing together all these people to effect the needed transformation socially and politically. We call on you to join us to formulate all the needed mechanisms for this transformation. We are seeking local and international legal experts to draft a constitution for our joint future state and we are seeking activists with other skills (media, lobbying, civil disobedience etc) to translate the vision into reality. In our joint future state, Palestinian Refugees will have the right to return to their homes and lands and to receive reparation for their suffering as supported by UNGA resolution 194. Return and self-determination are key pillars of peace based on justice. The validity of all actual laws and policies will be subject to this constitution with a bill of rights. This constitution is founded on the critical principle that all people who live in historic Palestine as well as Palestinians who will realise their inalienable right of return will have an effective equality of citizenship and will enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms as articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Substantively and procedurally, the constitution and structures to effect the needed transformation will be modified and adopted only via democratically structured institutions and, in this vein, we support efforts to reconstitute the Palestine National Council on democratic and representative foundations for all Palestinians regardless of where they currently live. The constitution will enable constant contestation of actual laws ensuring that structures of power never entrench themselves.Equal citizenship will have the result that present apartheid-based laws will be abrogated and future social and economic rights will never again be attached to any patterned and structured identity test that necessarily results in discrimination, oppression and domination of those who do not pass it. We believe in popular resistance and an anti-Apartheid struggle to achieve our collective goals. We will build on the previous initiatives and conferences that focused on one state solutions. We urge the international community to support us in ending Israeli apartheid and achieving our goal of one democratic state via the use of Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) and all other means of pressure as articulated in the Palestinian Civil Society Call to Action 2005.

If you would like to join us, send a note to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, email address, physical address, phone number, and a brief (few lines) biography. By sending the note you agree to the use of your name and to the outline above. Organizations may also join this effort by sending us the name of the organization, email address, physical address, phone number, and individual name of the person authorized to communicate with us on behalf of the organization.

Names, affiliation

(Affiliation does not imply institutional endorsement, all signers in personal capacity)

Samir Abed-Rabbo (Dr.), ODS and Center for Advanced International Studies

Susan Abulhawa, Author

Ali Abunimah

Abdelfattah Abusrour (Dr.), Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Center, Aida Refugee Camp

Khalid Amayreh, writer, journalist and political commentator. Dura, Hebron

Naseer Aruri (Prof.), Emeritus (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Author of Dishonest Broker

Omar Barghouti, human rights activist

Ramzy Baroud, Author, Editor, The Palestine Chronicle

Oren Ben-Dor (Dr.), School of Law, University of Southampton, UK

George Bisharat, UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco

Haim Bresheeth (Prof.), BRICUP and University of East London

Eitan Bronstein

Shuki Cohen

Uri Davis (Dr.), Author

Haidar Eid (Prof.), ODSG, Gaza

Jamil Fayez (Dr.)

Burhan Ghanayem (Dr.), Businessman and Philanthropist, Previously Researcher at NIH, North Carolina

Neta Golan, International Solidarity Movement

Alma Abdul Hadi Jadallah (Dr.), School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Sami Jamil Jadallah, JD, Founder of United Palestinian Appeal

Hatim Kanaaneh (Dr.), Author of a "Doctor in Gallilee"

Ghada Karmi (Prof.), University of Exeter, Devon, UK

Lubna Masarwa, Activist and Community Organizer, Jerusalem

Nur Masalha (Prof.), SOAS, University of London, UK

Khalil Nakhleh, Ph.D., Independent Researcher and Author

Lois Nakhlah

Dorothy Naor (Dr.)

Susan Nathan, Author, The other Side of Israel

Ken O'Keefe, Irish, Hawaiian, and Palestinian citizenship

Allegra Pacheco, Advocate

Ilan Pappe (Prof.), University of Exeter

Mazin Qumsiyeh (Prof.) Bethlehem University

George N. Rishmawi, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement, Beit Sahour

Suleiman Sharkh (Dr.), University of Southampton, Chairman of the PSC Southampton Branch, Palestinian Refugee from Majdal Asqalan

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Publication:The Palestine Chronicle (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
Date:May 22, 2011
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