Pickled Politics has recently been sent some information by BMSD (British Muslims for Secular Democracy) about the OneVoice movement, a group dedicated to supporting both Israeli and Palestinian moderates and facilitating a peaceful, mutually-beneficial resolution to the current conflict in the region. I thought it worth highlighting.
According to a OneVoice poll, 74% of Palestinians and 78% of Israelis are willing to accept a two-state solution. They have also had over 650,000 signatures in approximately equal numbers from both Israel and Palestine supporting them.
OneVoice is an international movement of people fed up with the ongoing conflict. We are ready and eager to support a serious process leading to a comprehensive agreement fulfilling the hopes and beliefs of both the Palestinian and the Israeli peoples for a two state solution to end the conflict, and establish a viable and independent Palestinian state that lives at peace with Israel…
Our mission: To amplify the voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates, empowering them to seize back the agenda for conflict resolution and demand that their leaders achieve a two-state solution guaranteeing both the end of occupation and the establishment of a viable Independent Palestinian state as well as the safety and security of the state of Israel – allowing both people to live in peace with all their neighbors…
Our work is designed to:
Build a mass grassroots movement that will amplify the voice of the moderates on both sides; Show that there are partners for negotiations and peace on both sides;
Mobilize citizens to urge and support their leaders to achieve a two state solution that permanently ends the conflict — ending the occupation and all forms of violence, and achieving international recognition, security, respect, peace, and prosperity for the Israeli and Palestinian people;
Include international and independent efforts to mobilize civil society; Build understanding that for the majority of Palestinians, peace is predicated on the need to end occupation and establish a viable independent Palestinian state, based on the 1967 borders and a resolution of the permanent status issues in accordance with international resolutions;
Build understanding that for the majority of Israelis, peace is predicated on the need to ensure secure borders that will bring an end to all forms of violence, establishing a permanent end to the conflict, and guaranteeing mutual recognition and normal relations with their neighbors;
Build understanding that an agreement will not be achieved without difficult compromises on core issues like settlements, Jerusalem, refugees, borders, and mutual recognition;
Build understanding that absolutism, violence and war will NOT resolve the conflict and will only bring more violence and suffering to people on both sides.
OneVoice is unique because:
We have independent Israeli & Palestinian offices appealing to the national interests of their own sides with credentials enabling them to unite people across the religious and political spectrum.
We are not a dialogue group. We recognize the essential work many other groups do in the field of dialogue and understanding; but OneVoice is action-oriented and advocacy-driven.
We are about the process and demanding accountability from ourselves and from political leaders. A peace agreement, no matter how comprehensive, will be ineffective without populations ready to support it. Our focus is on giving citizens a voice and a direct role in conflict resolution.
For further information, the homepage for the OneVoice movement can be accessed here.
The OneVoice movement also conducts events, workshops and advocacy in the UK. To contact the movement, please email Europe[at]onevoicemovement.org.uk
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