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oppose violence, suicide bombings and extremism. We oppose fanatics who
are Palestinian and Arab, fanatics who are Israeli and Jewish. Peace must be
made between Palestinians and Israelis, not Israelis and Egyptians,
Israelis and Saudis, Israelis and Jordanians, Jews and Muslims.
A vision from Salam al-Ann!:
Palestinians must start
approaching the whole concept of communications in a broader more
comprehensive way, instead of always focusing on writing Op-Eds, letters
in anger or argument "against" something.
voices of peace from Israeli are not often disseminated to Palestinian
audiences, or that are circulated only among the small informal
"dialogue groups" -- which sometimes achieve only limited results.
Dialogue groups must have long range visions that lead to activism and
Creating a new organization called SALAM AL-ANN! (Palestinians for Peace Now)
is essential to achieving a viable Palestinian State.
Our agenda is very simple and clear. We do not negotiate peace,
but we do advocate for peace and compromise and the following issues
(generally expressed below):
Call for an independent Palestinian state with sovereignty in the West
Bank, Gaza Strip and most of East Jerusalem (or in a shared
Jerusalem). This means a Palestinian State that is viable and includes
most of the land -- with only minor modifications made through
land-for-land swaps. We need a movement to define exactly what we are
expecting because clearly, Israelis are not hearing us.
- Recognize Israel's sovereignty and security generally within the 1967
borders (some minor changes based on negotiations). This means
accepting Israel as a Jewish State and saying it the way they need to
hear it. We support a two-state solution, one Jewish and one
Palestinian, both secure, sovereign and in borders defined pre-1967.
Support of the PRINCIPLE of the
Palestinian Right of Return, but recognize that clarity for both sides
must be realized. Israelis and Palestinians should accept that some
refugees are expected to be allowed to return to former homes or lands
It is not possible, not realistic to expect all Palestinians will
return. Some have established lives in other countries. But, we ask
that Israel recognize its responsibilities to compensate the refugees
and consider all family reunification seriously.
We insist that Israel recognize its responsibility for causing the
refugee problem and make every effort to work to compensate the
refugees for the homes and lands that they lost. We would support
similar demands made by Jews who fled Arab countries in the same
Jerusalem -- a negotiated agreement that either results in sharing or
Palestinian sovereignty in those areas of East Jerusalem that are not
Jewish (the Wailing Wall plaza and Jewish sectors of East Jerusalem
should rightly belong to the Israelis). Decided through negotiations.
complete removal and dismantling of all settlements in the West Bank,
The negotiated status of certain settlements in or around Jerusalem
that have been annexed into Israel (such as Ariel and Gilo, a settlement
originally created as a security post that has since become a
"Jerusalem neighborhood). The status of
these settlements should be determined by negotiations and discussions
and their futures based on equal land trades.
firm stand against all forms of violence, but specifically by being
responsible for those forms of violence that come from our community,
specifically and clear, separate denunciation of violence by
Palestinians against Israel. Why make this demand? Because we are
responsible for ourselves. We cannot demand that Israel's government
stop the violence against Palestinians if we do not first demand that
we stop the violence against Israelis. This is a moral position we
must accept and does not undermine our right to demand forcefully
that Israel's government end its violence against Palestinians.
call for Palestinians and Israelis to return to the formal negotiation
process. To build a strong voice by both sides demanding that the
representatives of both sides go back to the table and negotiate.
call for both sides to bring the volume of anger and hatred down to a
level that replaces emotion with reasoned and positive-intended
passion. We can argue and we can disagree, but we don't need to hate.
These are very simple concepts (expressed in general terms to convey the
intent only) that must form the basis of a Palestinian effort in support
of peace. We can fine-tune them through discussion.
If you believe - really believe in compromise with Israel based on
land-for-peace and the goal of a two-state solution, they you will
support us. Agreeing to recognize Israel does not mean that we have
to give up our souls, or our individual views of history. But it does
mean that we look ahead, not backwards, and find a way to end the
conflict based on compromise not violence, hatred or rejection of what
is right and moral.
Please circulate these principles and help us build
Salam al-Ann was formerly called Yalla Salam!
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Review of Hanania speech at Birzeit University, north of Ramallah in October 2004: Read review?
(Ray Hanania is the former national
president of the Palestinian American Congress, a former Midwest
activist with the Arab American Institute, a former Chicago ADC Board
member, a board advisor to the Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism,
co-founder of Comedy for Peace, and an award winning nationally
Chicago Region Organizer
(Saffiya Shillo is a national board
member of the American Task Force on Palestine, former Chicago President
of the Palestinian American Congress, and a peace activist advocating
the two-state solution and the Geneva Accords)
us launch satellite initiatives around the country.
Be wary of racist hate sites that claim to promote peace but are saturated with racial hatred and one-sided bigotry. Principle is not the armor of one side. It is a line that defines the moderate voice. Extremists on both sides, Jews and Arabs, exist and need to be silenced by the growing outcry of moderates who embrace fairness and who stop always blaming the other side.
The articles below are intended to help you understand the driving force behind
Palestinian-Israeli team urges new peace initiative at Salam Al-Ann and
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom event April 2005.
Open letter to
Hanania: My views
Things that must be said
Palestinians and Jewish leaders discuss peace prospects in Chicago, Oct.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom peace organization
(one of the largest American Jewish grassroots organizations
promoting peace and understanding)
Middle East Youth Association (MEYA)
Interview with Ray Hanania -- Ido News Network
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your own local Chapter of
* Begin by bringing together other
Palestinians (and American Jews) in your city who share the belief in
peace based on compromise and who oppose violence.
a steering committee (don't worry about electing presidents, boards or a
* Discuss the principles as stated
here but don't formalize hard and fast positions. Envision your own principles based on these beginnings.
Something. Create events. Meet together. Don't just dialogue. Dialogue
* Network. Link up with other groups and find ways to promote the cause of peace.
groups are formed in other cities, we can send representatives together to
discuss how we can move forward and fine tune to the wording, and maybe
add other important principles.
Keep in mind, we are
not doing the negotiations. We are only helping to mold the positions
that will be negotiated. So our role is to provide a vision of generally
what could happen, speaking to the needs of the Israelis while they are
encouraged to speak to the needs of the Palestinians.
Contact me and provide your contact information so we can coordinate
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