On Tuesday 18 May, a powerful general strike, having started in Palestinian youth groups, achieved the unity of the Palestinian people and its components in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the 1948 territories (the current State of Israel), as well as in the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. During this strike « from the Mediterranean to the Jordan« , a leaflet entitled The Manifesto of Dignity and Hope The Unity Intifada was widely distributed and sent out by correspondents, and from which we publish extracts.
« We are one people, one society throughout Palestine. The Zionist movements have forcibly displaced most of our people, stolen our homes and destroyed our villages. (…) Israel has locked us up in prisons, each one isolated from the others. One part is isolated in the « Oslo prison » in the West Bank. Another part is imprisoned in the « citizenship prison » inside the 1948 territories. Some are isolated by a brutal blockade and ongoing war in the
Gaza Strip. Another part is isolated in the process of the Judaization of Jerusalem. Finally, one part is isolated outside Palestine, expelled to the four corners of the world. It is time for this tragedy to end.
« Now we are writing a new chapter. The chapter of an Intifada (uprising) of unity that aspires to one and the same goal: the reunification of Palestinian society in all its components and ways of life, and the reunification of the political will and means of struggle against Zionism, throughout Palestine. (…) An intifada holding its head high and its chest out, armed with its revolutionary objectives, its deep understanding and consciousness, its organisational action, and each and every one’s dedication in the face of the bullets of the Israeli occupation, from wherever they are fired. »
“Long live a United Palestine!” “Long live the Unity Intifada!”
« A just and democratic solution for all, based on decolonization »
« A just and democratic solution for all,
based on decolonization »
An appeal by 745 Israeli Jews
745 Israeli Jews have publicly signed this appeal, which one of the signatories tells us « explains the change in the state of mind of some Israelis ».
(extracts) We, Jewish Israelis, oppose the actions of the Israeli government and hereby declare our commitment to act against them.
We refuse to accept the Jewishsupremacist regime and call upon the international community to immediately intervene in defense of the Palestinians … throughout historic Palestine.
Jewish supremacy is the cornerstone of the Israeli regime, and its consistent objective is to transfer and obliterate the Palestinian people, their history, and their national identity.
This objective manifests in continued acts of ethnic cleansing by means of evictions and home demolitions, brutal military occupation, denial of civil and human rights, and legislation of a series of racist laws …
All the above effectively form an Apartheid regime creating Bantustan-like and Ghetto-like areas for Palestinian native communities.
We believe that Zionism is an unethical principle of governance that inherently leads to a racist Apartheid regime that has been committing war crimes and denying basic human rights from Palestinians for over seven decades…
All of these atrocities take place due to the impunity Israel receives from the international community and especially the United States…
As individuals who belong to the side of the oppressor, and that have
tried for years to shift public opinion in Israel in order to change the foundations of the current regime, we have long come to the conclusion that it is impossible to change the Jewish supremacist regime without external intervention.
We call upon the international community to intervene immediately in order to stop Israel’s current aggressions, to adopt the demands of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement; to work towards the actualization of the Palestinian Right of Return and to bring about historic justice; to reach a just and democratic solution for all, based on the decolonization of the region and founding a state of all its citizens.