This document is authored by the producers of Holy Land Peace*. It is an instrument inspired by the BDS Declaration of 2005** and is issued in the same spirit and for the same ultimate goal – justice, liberation from oppression, and dignity of the people of Palestine – those fortunate enough to have escaped the ethnic cleansing of 1947-1949 and later years; those internally displaced in Israel; those fortunate enough to have retained their historical/ancestral homes and lands in the illegally Occupied Palestinian Territories; those internally displaced in the illegally Occupied Palestinian Territories; and those in the near and far diaspora. The authors realize it is insufficient to merely publish and distribute this instrument. It is imperative that justice-seeking organizations worldwide adopt and support it, as well as persuade pertinent international authorities to implement it. The authors acknowledge that they are not a recognized Palestinian authority, and that such an authority must ultimately take ownership of this document. Until then, for the sake of order, please forward constructive suggestions to the authors.
Since World War I, grave injustices have befallen the Holy Land – Palestine and its people – Christians, Muslims, and Jews. This is not to say that injustice had not previously befallen the Holy Land. Injustice has been a byproduct of human nature since Cain killed Abel. Hordes of conquerors and occupiers have taken their turn in Palestine over the centuries. Since the turn of the 20th Century, humanity perceived and aggrandized itself as a species capable of wielding justice internationally, so this document addresses injustices incurred since that time.
What humans label “justice” is true justice only if applied equally and impartially. That is the purpose of the lady holding the scales of justice in wearing her blindfold. What purpose does it serve to have a “justice” system, when laws are not enforced equally? Sadly, when it comes to the Zionist state of Israel, Lady Justice has long traded her blindfold in for blinders. Our outreach is to all peace-seekers, in the hope that they embrace the above underlined postulate, giving credence and validity to this document.
The overview of injustices is outlined in two sections:
* Truth and Justice-based television program on ‘Olelo Community Media, Honolulu holylandpeace.net
** BDS was initiated by Omar Barghouti and launched on 7/9/2005 by 171 Palestinian civil organizations.
Injustices – Part I
Injustices – Part II
- 1916: Great Britain “mandated” Palestine
The altruistic aim of the Allies in WW-I was to liberate nation states from imperialism that they themselves may have governed. Instead, the Allies divvied up the Middle East among themselves via the secret Sykes-Picot Agreement between Britain, France and Russia.
- 1917: Balfour Declaration “promised” a national Jewish homeland in Palestine
Influenced by European Zionists, this was an agreement by Europeans with Europeans, having never consulted the indigenous peoples of Palestine. Ironically, the declaration included language recognizing the needs and rights of the native Palestinian inhabitants. This sensitivity achieved the required perception of morality necessary to attain British support, but would be summarily dismissed upon implementation following World War II.
- 1917-1946: European Zionists illegally immigrated into Palestine
British forces were unable to control the influx of illegal European Zionists into Palestine, as tens of thousands land-grabbed and formed illegal colonies.
- 1947: U.N. partitioned Palestine into two states
Influenced by European Zionists, the newborn United Nations naively passed General Assembly Resolution 181, dividing Historic Palestine into Israel-55% and Palestine-45%. Highly contested, it completely ignored the indignant protests of the native Palestinians and supportive Middle Eastern nation states, themselves striving for nationalism and independence.
- 1947-1949: Zionists destroyed 500 villages and expelled 800,000 Palestinians
No implementation plan was devised for the irresponsible U.N. Partition Plan. This empowered the Zionists to move quickly – Israel was established and recognized by the U.N., while well-funded, well-armed European Zionist forces attacked the poorly equipped Palestinian resistance. Besides the displaced refugees, this left more than a million Palestinians behind in the Palestinian territories, as well as newly-formed Israel.
- 1949: Israel aggressed to 78% of historical Palestine
European Zionists, reacting quickly to U.N. Resolution 181, conquered and occupied 78% of the land, flouting the original allotment of 55%. This was and remains the Zionist grand design for Palestine – the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population, along with all-out takeover of historic Palestine. The U.N. finally stepped in to protect the remaining 22% of the land via the 1949 Armistice. Ironically, the Palestinians were denied self-government – in some measure because their polity had been shattered and their population greatly scattered and in shock – and administrative control was “assigned” to Jordan and Egypt.
Addressing the Injustices
- 1947-Present: Zionists committed crimes against humanity
In the name of “Israel”, Israeli, American, European, and other Zionists have committed unspeakable atrocities against the Palestinian people. For example, women and children were massacred at Deir Yassin (1948), Sabra and Shatila (1982), and Gaza (2005-present).
- 1949-Present: Israel established and maintained Apartheid internally
European Zionists have maintained laws within Israel discriminating against Christians, Muslims, and non-European Jews. There is also well-documented racism in medicine, business, schools, courts, government, etc. For example, Israeli Basic Law states, "…may not participate in the elections if there is in its goals or actions a denial of the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people…”.
- 1950-Present: Israel refused right-of-return to Palestinians
In defiance of international law, Israel has repeatedly refused displaced Palestinians their inalienable right-of-return.
- 1960-Present: Israel established and maintained undeclared nuclear arms
In 1960, the U.S. State Department determined the existence of an Israeli secret nuclear installation. 1967-1985, Israel collaborated with South Africa – another Apartheid state at the time – in secret nuclear development. In defiance of numerous U.N. resolutions (1979-1994), Israel has repeatedly refused U.N. inspection, and remains an undeclared nuclear power in addition to maintaining chemical and biological warfare capabilities.
- 1967-Present: Israel illegally attacked and occupied the Palestinian Territories
In defiance of international law, in what is now known as “the six day war”, Israel attacked and took control of the Palestinian Territories – the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. In complete disregard of international law, Israel annexed East Jerusalem and has continued to illegally occupy these lands, brutalizing the residents, building illegal settlements, populating these settlements with armed settlers from around the globe, while expropriating land and water rights.
- 2002-Present: Israel built and maintained the Apartheid Wall
In defiance of international law, Israel has built a separation wall, extending well into the illegally Occupied Palestinian Territories. Numerous analysts term the wall a physical manifestation of a system of oppression and discrimination richly fitting any accepted definition of Apartheid. Such a regime was exposed, confronted, and finally brought to an end in South Africa.
The international community regrettably acquiesced to the injustices bulleted in Part I. The result is that the official state of Israel consists of 78% of Historic Palestine. Although this fact is almost impossible for all Palestinians to digest, that is the way things are.
It is crucial to emphasize that unequivocally, Palestine should have been a united independent state to begin with. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other Palestinians had lived in harmony for centuries despite the many empires, conquerors, and exploitive occupiers. Palestine had frequently been a haven for Jews who were persecuted in other lands. A program could have easily been devised for controlled immigration of Jews and others seeking religious and/or social sanctuary. Such a solution would have been better accepted by native Holy Land inhabitants. However, short of an attack of conscience on the part of the Israeli government and people, there is no present remedy for the blunders documented in Part I.
Therefore at this time, only the injustices in Part II can be reasonably addressed – but addressed they must be! Israel must be stopped from operating outside of international and moral law with impunity. The international community must enforce justice universally.
- Israel must immediately, unconditionally, and completely withdraw from the illegally Occupied Palestinian Territories
International law demands that Israel withdraw from Palestinian Territories. Reference numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions – at the minimum, Resolutions 242, 338, and 446. This withdrawal must include relinquishing all control and influence on borders and ports of Palestinian Territories.
- U.N. must sanction Israel for international laws broken during the last 65 years
Sanctions must include compensation for property and personal damages resulting from the ethnic cleansing and illegal occupation, as well as future economic and political sanctions befitting Israel’s 65 years of ongoing international crimes.
- Israel must honor the inalienable right-of-return of displaced Palestinians
International law demands that Israel allow displaced Palestinians their right-of-return to modern-day Israel. Although this will be logistically difficult to accomplish, an international committee must enforce this right with minimal disruption to Israeli citizens, as well as Palestinian refugees. Many U.N. resolutions guarantee this right – at the minimum, Resolution 194.
- Israel must immediately release all Administrative Detention prisoners
International law precludes any government from detaining individuals without charge, legal counsel, or fair trial.
- Israel must allow independent review of Palestinian political prisoners
Because of its infamous record of injustice, Israel must submit all cases of political imprisonment to international audit.
- Israel must immediately dismantle the Apartheid Wall at its own expense
The International Court of Justice ruled on 7/9/2004 that the “Separation Wall” was illegal. This ruling must be enforced! Israel must compensate land owners and others who have suffered from this atrocity.
- Israel must amend any laws discriminating on the basis of religion or ethnicity
In the same spirit as South Africa was “persuaded” to end its Apartheid, the same must be accomplished in Israel.
- An international War Crimes Tribunal must be held for Zionist war criminals
In the same spirit that the Nuremberg Trials brought justice to Nazi war criminals, the same must be applied to Zionist war criminals – Israeli, European, American, or other.
- Israel must dismantle its nuclear weapons and facilities
A host of U.N. resolutions demanded that Israel subject itself to inspection – at the minimum, Resolution 35-157. Israel must dismantle its undeclared nuclear arsenal and allow U.N. inspection. For that matter, all world powers, including the U.S., should eliminate their nuclear arsenals. Chemical and biological warfare should also be discontinued worldwide.