KUSHNER’S DEAL

In May this year the Israeli newspaper Israel Heyon published details of a document leaked from the Israel Foreign Ministry. It appears to be an outline of a proposal by President Trump’s emissary Jared Kushner to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, the so-called “Deal of the Century”. The following discussion, based on an English version of the text from the Turkish news agency AA, comments upon the main points of the leaked document, concluding that it could be the basis of the first real breakthrough in resolving the conflict since 1967. Continue reading

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King-Crane Commission recommendations on Palestine

In 1919 US President Wilson sent a Commission to the territories of the former Ottoman Empire to investigate and make recommendations to the Paris peace conference about the future administration of those territories. The following is their recommendation for Palestine, taken from the Jewish Virtual Library.


We recommend serious modification of the extreme Zionist Program for Palestine of unlimited immigration of Jews, looking finally to making Palestine distinctly a Jewish State. Continue reading

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Historical documents about Palestine

There is a new page on this website which provides access to the collection of historical documents relating to Palestine published by PASSIA, the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs. See menu above.

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The One-State-Two-Nations Proposal:introduction&comments

The One-State-Two-Nations Proposal is a proposal to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. The two existing States of Israel and Palestine would unite to form a single sovereign State: the United State of Israel and Palestine (Usip).

Within the United State there would be two largely self-governing nations, Israel and Palestine, with a defined but open border between them. Each nation would maintain its existing national, legal, educational, cultural and religious institutions. The two nations would share the land while preserving their national lives and identities. Continue reading

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The Kairos Document

Kairos Document

A moment of truth,  A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering

Introduction

We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God’s divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God’s love for all, the mystery of God’s divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love. Continue reading

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Partition Plan Map

Partition Plan Map

Map of the UN Plan of Partition with Economic Union for Palestine, November 1947

Map of the UN Plan of Partition with Economic Union for Palestine, November 1947

The blue areas constitute the Jewish State, the pink areas the Arab State. Each is divided into three pieces with neutral crossing points between them. Just below Tel Aviv is the port of Jaffa, allocated to Arab State. The white region is the City of Jerusalem, under UN Trusteeship.

The map also shows the 1949 Armistice Line (Green Line) which became the de facto border of Israel after its conquest of territories allocated to the Arab State in the Plan.

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The State of Israel: founded on lies

Recently, the veteran Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery was called upon to take part in a ceremonial reading of the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. Having read through the document he said: “I was not impressed. It is not written in the edifying style of an historical document, but as a document with a mission: to convince the nations of the world to recognize our state. The introduction is a reiteration of Zionist slogans. It purports to set out the historical facts, and very dubious facts they are…” Continue reading

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Christianity and War

The following splendid diatribe against Christian involvement in war, militarism and the armed forces is taken from the website LewRockwell.com. The author, Laurence M. Vance is a prolific writer on this topic, but I regard this article as his best. Click on the title below to see the original article. Continue reading

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Palestinian Political Resolutions, Cairo, 17 July 1968

The Palestine Liberation Organization at its meeting in Cairo in July 1968 produced a revised version of the Palestinian National Charter, originally issued in 1964. At the same time the Palestinian National Assembly passed a series of Political Resolutions. These are less well-known than the Charter, and as far as I can determine are not available on the internet.

The following excerpts from the Political Resolutions have been taken from the collection Documents on Palestine, Volume II, pages 316-319, published by PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs) in 2007 and edited by Dr. Mahdi Abul Hadi. I have corrected a few errors in the transcription using the Google Books preview of The Israel-Palestine Conflict: a Documentary Record, by Yehuda Lukacs.

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PLO Statement on UNSC Resolution 242

The Palestine Liberation Organization issued the following statement rejecting UN Security Council Resolution 242 on the day after it was passed.

At the time of writing this post is the only copy of the statement on the internet. I have taken it from the collection “Documents of Palestine” Volume II, pages 307-308, published by PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs) in 2007 and edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Continue reading

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