The OneVoice movement: Supporting moderates in Israel and Palestine


by Rumbold
30th January, 2010 at 11:55 am    

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.

The OneVoice website explains their aspirations and methods:

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.

The OneVoice movement has been featured at the World Economic Forum
and has received the King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Prize

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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  1. Sal — on 30th January, 2010 at 5:22 pm  

    Kudos to them!

  2. MiriamBinder — on 30th January, 2010 at 8:38 pm  

    I like the fact that it stretches across the boundaries, including both Palestinian and Israeli voices. It sounds promising but then … so many things have in the past.

  3. nobodys hero — on 30th January, 2010 at 11:53 pm  

    isreal must survive

  4. MiriamBinder — on 31st January, 2010 at 10:09 am  

    There is nothing imperative perse about Israels’ survival. That it will survive is another matter; and how it will survive is another matter still.

  5. Naadir Jeewa — on 31st January, 2010 at 9:44 pm  

    Interesting, but I wonder how they’re going to avoid the problems J-Street have had, such as having to back the disastrous-if-enacted Iran bill going through Congress, just because of browbeating from the AIPAC+co bunch.

    The only things that are going to help is an assertive EU that can shake off the regular smears and generalisations of antisemitism, and the ejection of the hawks from the Labour party (was anyone else aghast at Blair’s call to go to war with Iran on Friday), which will be a generational struggle as far as I can see, due to consolidation and polarisation in the youth and student wing.

  6. RedSeaPedestrian — on 1st February, 2010 at 5:28 am  

    I think that One Voice has more to fear from the ISM and PACBI then they do from AIPAC. http://www.peacewithrealism.org/headline/othervoice.htm

  7. Naadir Jeewa — on 1st February, 2010 at 1:34 pm  

    @6 “If you can’t beat them, join them.” That’s polarisation for you.

    The rest of us might as well just start building our nuclear bunkers now.

  8. RedSeaPedestrian — on 1st February, 2010 at 4:07 pm  

    @Naadir Lol! Unfortunately, I don’t think that the ISM will be joining One Voice anytime soon.

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